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Old 07-13-2012, 05:08 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Iunepece, I planted the original pups at 6-8 foot spacing originally but the mats grow!

currently fruiting are Orinoco (tallest), Ice cream (second tallest), 3 manzanos, Goldfinger, FHIA-18. I think Dwarf Namwah and Dwarf Red are getting close!

Bananaimal, thanks for the heads up, I havnt found a local source for banana fert. I try not to use too many chemical fertilizers as I try to be organic as possible.


Ill try to get more photos up of the other nanas!
Thanks for the feedback! Most of my pups were planted at 6 ft. spacing as well, although I still have a couple in pots waiting to go in ground. Looking back, are you glad you used that spacing or do you regret putting them that close/far apart? And what fertilizers do you use? I'm trying to minimize chemical input myself

Awesome to have so many flowering and fruiting; congrats!
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Charles ---- Let me see what the wife thinks of this one. I'd do it - the store always has stewing hens and my yard has the tree rats. I'll buy a couple of very bad tasting Tommy Atkins storage mangos for bait chunks.

Squirrel Etouffee

1 fat hen (boil until done,debone, keep broth)
6 squirrels (boil until done,debone, do not keep broth)
Ro-Tel tomatoes
3 large onions
1 bell pepper
6 medium potatoes, quartered
1 can whole kernel corn
2 cans English peas
salt and pepper
No. 2 can tomato juice
chili powder

Cook all together and cook all day. Makes a gumbo pot full.

Recipe from tripod.com
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Thanks for the feedback! Most of my pups were planted at 6 ft. spacing as well, although I still have a couple in pots waiting to go in ground. Looking back, are you glad you used that spacing or do you regret putting them that close/far apart? And what fertilizers do you use? I'm trying to minimize chemical input myself

Awesome to have so many flowering and fruiting; congrats!


Im glad for this spacing as you can walk around between them, plus it allows them to have more space for pups. I tried to follow the commercial planting reccomended spacing, but havnt not been keeping the mats trimmed down to mother/teen/baby pups. (only 3 bananas per mat with one being the mother.)

it gives you room to work and dig put pups also. and a nice place to set a chair and admire the grove!


more pics on the way!
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Manzano with 7 hands



dwarf red on the left (single mother trunk) mysore mat on the right. manzo mat behind the dwarf red.



goldfinger
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Dwarf Namwah Flag leaf


heres the new banana grove in the front yard. these all were put in 12 months ago from tissue culture or small pups. the closest banana in the front left is Kandarian and was a small 1 gallon TC 12 months ago!

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That is so incredibly awesome!

Just looks fantastic.
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I concur! Whatever you're doing is working

I noticed you have a drip line looking hose among the bananas; how often do you water? And do you feed them through that or with some other method?
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