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Old 04-09-2008, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm sooooooooo happy!!!!!!!!!!! I got my first banana tree! Rajapuri! It's looks pretty cool considering it's size. I know this might sound crazy to all you experts but one thing I don't know about rajapuri is its ph. If any of you please take the time to tell a newbie like me what its ph is I'd be very greatful! Also in all the time I've been here I don't really know how to post pics. Could any of you tell me how? I'm going to try to take some of first banana tree ever!!!
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What do you mean by ph? Like its given value of acidity or alkalinity??? Or might you mean pseudostem height? Maybe possible hardiness? plankton hemorrhage? pink highlights?

To post photos simply upload them to the gallery or any online photo hosting site of your choice, copy and paste the given URL tag into your post and thats about it.
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What do you mean by ph? Like its given value of acidity or alkalinity??? Or might you mean pseudostem height? Maybe possible hardiness? plankton hemorrhage? pink highlights?
Wow I didn't know that ph could mean so many different things! What I ment is it's acid level or whatever you'd call it. You know like some plants ph is 5.5.
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I know exactly how you feel!!!!!!
My lst banana was a basjoo!
Then I acquired Sikkimensis, lil' prince, Orinoco, Saba, and just received a beautiful Ensete maurelli from Sandy!
Iam soooooooooo proud of them.
Everyone I talk to knows I have bananas!
I even make the gas & electric meter man look at them!
Your on your way to being totally addicted!!!!!!!!!!

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Ohh about PH.
I know little. I mix miracle grow potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite and hope for the best!
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The acidity/alkalinty levels are measured in pH, lower case p, and upper case H. You can find some ancient definitions of what the p stands for(the upper case H means Hydrogen) if you google it but, basically, the lower the pH number is, the more acid the soil/water is, and the higher it is, the more alakaline. A pH of 7.0 is neutral, neither acidic, or alkaline Stuff like PH could mean pharmacist, public housing, or public highway, etc.
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Raja Puri would prefer a soil pH of 6.3 to 6.5, but it has been known to tolerate slightly alkaline soils and more acidic soil -- provided it is kept well-fed with Nitrogen and Potash.

The fruit of Raja Puri also has a pH, which relates to how it tastes along with its Brix value, which is the percentage of sugar in the fruit. I have not found the actual values anywhere yet.

Raja Puri roughly translates to Royal Pancake.
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congrats on your new baby!!!! it is exciting moment when get your first tree.
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Congrats, and good luck with your new plant!
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Lol magicgreen! Thanks everyone for the info and the congrats! Why would anyone call a tree a royal pancake???? Anyway I had two more questions.

1.Has anyone had thoughs white spots on any of your plants (I have some on my orange tree) They're on the leaves and I've tried spraying the tree with water and they go away but then within minutes as the leaves dry they come back. not to concered as they've been there forever and the tree is doing well but thought I should know incase they pose a threat.

2.Is the pH for a banana tree very important. Is it worth buying something to test the soil with? I will gladly buy one as soon as possible if needed.
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From what I've read pH is pretty important for healthy growth as the plant can't absorb the nutrients as well if it's not right and not all plants are happy in the same pH but I'm a newbie also so please someone with more knowledge correct me if I'm wrong.
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Isn't northerntropics.com sandy's web site?
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Never mind I looked it up. Thank you sooooooooooooooo much sandy!!!!!!!!! I got it from northerntropics.com and let me tell you if ever I need another nanner tree you know where I'm getting it from!!!!!! (The prices are also good there)
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From what I've read pH is pretty important for healthy growth as the plant can't absorb the nutrients as well if it's not right and not all plants are happy in the same pH but I'm a newbie also so please someone with more knowledge correct me if I'm wrong.
CookieCows, you are correct about pH ... I don't know if I would consider you a newbie!

To test pH, I would recommend an inexpensive probe (under $20) that does not require batteries or electric power. Be sure to take several measurements, all in the root zone of the plant. Here are two examples, sold by reputable dealers in the $5 to $15 range, and very expensively elsewhere.



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Old 04-10-2008, 07:29 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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You all aren't kidding about an addiction... a month ago I finally convinced my husband to let me have a dwarf cavendish, course I got two in case I killed one with my brown thumb. Then I decided I must have 2 ice cream bananas, and 2 dwarf red...once again, two in case I kill one. Then I proceeded to order 2 Dwarf orinoco, and 2 Manzano...and a basjoo...and now I have orered so many, that I was sent 2 red abyssinians for free...and I have gotten rid of one..and almost cried, one of my cavendish, because I LIVE IN ZONE 4, and I don't have room...I'll make room. Trying to get my husband to put on a sun room for me. LOL. Banana plants are addicting. Well anyways,I know of a great fertilizer, it is at www.wellspringgardens.com...I think that is right, or off ebay from wellspring100. It is called banana fuel. And I use it, it is very affordable, and I like it, lasts forever. I also plant in 1/3 perlite, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 peat moss. So far working good. But I have not ever checked pH. I suppose I should. These things are my babies, I even make a warm room for them on cold dreary days...I'm NUTS! LOl. Glad to hear about your new addition to your family, you will LOVE it.
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Congrats on your new banana! That was one that I bought last year. The leaves look wilted right now. I don't know why?

I just got two unkown bananas myself yesterday.

Richard, thanks for the information on the fertilizer. I have some fertilizer in the garage I was thinking of using. It's 8-2-4 fertilizer. Would that be good to use on my bananas?

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well you know that getting 2 nanas is always a must, you know just in case one dosent survive. its just a have to thing. lol! i couldnt stop at just 2 though, i went to the lawn and garden show in feb. and walked out with 5 basjoos. then i just had to give one to my best friend. so now i have 4 basjoos. thats just in case...lol.
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