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Old 07-10-2012, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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This was just a green grass backyard 2 years ago.

If it was under irrigation things would be better, I need to do some thinning for better production. Horse manure is the only thing amended to this sandy nematode soil! and I cant get enough!

many varieties are represented as a variety trail is an ongoing experiment to find the best suited cultivars for the area. Thats a manzano fruiting front center.

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Old 07-10-2012, 12:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I love it. It looks so tropical. Congrats on your fruiting Manzano.
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Looks great! congrats on the fruit!
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Awesome and congratulations! I empathize with you on the irrigation, it can especially be needed here when we get into the dry season. What kind of spacing and mat management do you use for your varieties?
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That is the look that I want someday.
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Hahaha A thing of beauty
Your looking mighty good over there..
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Hey Luke --- are you using fertilizer? That way you could get the minors that manure won't supply. Any Ag suppliers near you?

Just checked locs near you for Diamond R --- the one I use. They are in Bell, Fl. Just take Rt 19 south thru Old Town. Check them out. I use their 6-3-16 for bananas at 50 lbs for 23 bucks and change.

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Thanks all!

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!
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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!
You can go organic with Diamond R also. They sell Purdue chicken mix at 50 lbs for like 16 bucks. I use both. The rate for the chicken litter is 2 cups per mat every 2 weeks. For the 6-3-16 it's 2 cups every month.

And the chicken is ok for those nurseries that maintain organic certification.
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Thanks all!

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!
Where at in Ft myers are you? Your bananas seem to be doing much better than mine. I'm by the edison home.
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S. ft myers near 41 and college. Horse manure is the secret for bananas here it really makes them happy.
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This was just a green grass backyard 2 years ago.

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mo' bananas > mow lawn

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mo' bananas > mow lawn

Absolutely! I'm reclaiming some of my lawn for 2 condo mangos and a big Eureka lemon tree.
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Absolutely! I'm reclaiming some of my lawn for 2 condo mangos and a big Eureka lemon tree.
What kind of mangos?
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This was just a green grass backyard 2 years ago.

If it was under irrigation things would be better, I need to do some thinning for better production. Horse manure is the only thing amended to this sandy nematode soil! and I cant get enough!

many varieties are represented as a variety trail is an ongoing experiment to find the best suited cultivars for the area. Thats a manzano fruiting front center.

love the shade of those bananas...
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Nam Doc Mai and Pickering --- two of the very best tasting mangos there is. Then there is my big Glenn. Still not decided if I will keep it. The squirrels vote yes -- they got 25% of this years crop!
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Nam Doc Mai and Pickering --- two of the very best tasting mangos there is. Then there is my big Glenn. Still not decided if I will keep it. The squirrels vote yes -- they got 25% of this years crop!
I never had a chance to try them yet. I have a big kent. They just started to ripe..squrrels and birds strated eating them about 2 months ago. I was worried at first, now I am thinking ..Just share it with them.

So far I tried Kent, Hyden, baily's marvel, carrie, julie, valencia pride, kieth

I would say that Carrie is the best so far.
,,. I heard good things about nam doc mai, lemon merrigo and pickering..
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Wasn't this a banana thread?

Anyways --- the gurus are absolutely screaming about the Maha Chanok mango. Out of this world taste.

The Fairchild mango festival is this coming Sat and Sun. Will try to make it. Anybody here going?
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