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austinl01 07-01-2008 10:35 AM

Arkansas Banana Report 2008
 
The bananas are growing well in Arkansas this year with the heat kicking in and high humidity. Regular rainfall has produced great looking banana leaves, and they are growing very rapidly now.

Musa Basjoo started growing in early March. This clump began with small 3 inch tissue cultured plants four years ago and have turned into quite the banana clump!








Velutina (Randy's ecotype). New this year.



Veinte Cohol. New this year. Notice the black coloration on the trunk of this banana. It will be hard to tell the natural coloring from potential rot during the winter.




Raja Puri. New this year. I can tell this one will have a much thicker pseudostem compared to other bananas that I've grown.



Musella lasiocarpa. These plants are offspring from the mother plant that produced 7 flowers last year.


Mother plant last year.

dablo93 07-01-2008 11:56 AM

Re: Arkansas Banana Report 2008
 
great pics!
was your musella unprotected?

Richard 07-01-2008 12:02 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by austinl01 (Post 42316)
[color="Navy"][size="2"]The bananas are growing well in Arkansas this year with the heat kicking in and high humidity. Regular rainfall has produced great looking banana leaves, and they are growing very rapidly now. ...

I'll say. That is one happy, healthy clump of Musas.

:woohoonaner:

Dean W. 07-01-2008 12:55 PM

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Way to go, Austin! They all look happy and healthy. :waving:

austinl01 07-02-2008 11:03 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by dablo93 (Post 42333)
great pics!
was your musella unprotected?

Thanks! It was only covered with a pile of leaves about half way up the pseudostem. The low last winter was around 17 degrees and the stem stayed very firm all winter. It grew again when temps warmed up in April.

Bananaman88 07-03-2008 06:29 AM

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Looking great, Austin!

Bananachris 07-03-2008 09:44 AM

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They look very nice. What will you do during winter with them?

Bananachris 07-03-2008 09:44 AM

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*double post*


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