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Old 12-31-2006, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Five months ago we had a rain squall that knocked down the two biggest Ae Aes in my yard. The largest one was too large to put up and I just put soil on the roots and hoped for pups. It was too late in the year and it rotted. The smaller plant was moved to another part of the yard. It took three weeks to produce two leaves and then a flower stalk. I removed the flower stalk, hoping for pups. In November the main growth rotted out and 4 of the 6 pups remained. The pups were not green enough to survive the cool weather (no pup was all white) and they all died in December. A pup in the original area grew very fast and produced one pup that looked a miniature plant and one sword shaped pup. The miniature looked very good in October but now is just about ready to die. The sword pup is now as big as its mother was five months ago. In the last four months I had at least 5 plants that could have been sold but the buyers would have lost them to the cool weather and maybe the lack of long days. Even the best plants are very difficult to move in the fall and winter.
To see the pictures of these plants (one was put up today) go to: http://togofcoralgables.com/AeAebananas.aspx
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Old 12-31-2006, 01:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing those great pictures! I guess they are a lot of work , even in warm Miami.
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Old 12-31-2006, 05:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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In the last four months I had at least 5 plants that could have been sold but the buyers would have lost them to the cool weather and maybe the lack of long days. Even the best plants are very difficult to move in the fall and winter.
http://togofcoralgables.com/AeAebananas.aspx

Wow!,I guess "Patience" is the key word here.Sometimes we cannot force the issues even though we want to.Great pics and thanks for sharing
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I love the striped fruit!!
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Hey Jordan, thanks for sharing! I really enjoy seeing pictures of your yard, it's an awesome place to see and if anyone is lucky enough to visit, try to!
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Awesome garden Jordan!

And this confirms my suspicions that Ae aes are not cold hardy at zone 10, maybe the rating is for zone 11 and above. Perhaps an ultratropical type.

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Old 01-05-2007, 05:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Jordan,
I couldn;t help sneaking a peek at your Brownea album while looking at the Ae Ae album.
May I ask you about your Brownea?
I have 2, I received them as trades from a friend in South FL. One is B. macrophylla and the other is B. grandiceps.
At the moment they are doing very well, they are about a foot to 18" tall and add new growth pretty regularly.
How fast growing are they? When can I expect mine to possibly start blooming?
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My Brownea took at least 10 years to produce a bloom, but it was worth it. Mine bloom fairly well every spring. The flower lasts about 3 days. Pinecrest Gardens has a large collection of them, but I haven't seen any of them bloom.
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How large was your Brownea when you got it?
I am trying to gauge somewhat how long it will take my "infants" to reach, oh, say a height of maybe 10 feet tall?
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My Brownea was an air-layer, probably less then 12 inches. But its been in the yard so long I don't even remember who gave it to me. I know I have given air-layers to nurserymen. If some one now wants one they have to put their own air-layer on the tree. There are not enough Browneas in Florida to give you much help. Your best information would come from Craig Morel at Pinecrest Gardens.
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Very nie pictures. Thank you for sharing. Potasium nitrate is epsom salt rght? Do you give it in full dosage or mix in water. If then how much per gallon.
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Justin,
thank you for sending me to Craig Morrell. I located him at Pinecrest and he emailed me back and filled me in. He used to live here in Gainesville where I live and grew some Brownea while here in a greenhouse too! He said I could expect blooms when my trees reach about 5 feet.
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