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Old 08-24-2007, 09:50 AM   #61 (permalink)
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very nice.where are you located? I know this would not overwinter up in zone 6.
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very nice.where are you located? I know this would not overwinter up in zone 6.
I live in Denton Tx. I put up a temporary greenhouse each winter for these and other tropicals that won't make it through our winters.You can just see a tapioca leaf to the left of the picture below. john

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This is a great thread. A great source for landscaping ideas. We moved into our new house last year and I just started planting this year. Started with two unknown bananas, 2 different cannas, and white butterfly ginger. I've been trading plants since April of this year and by next year the yard should be pretty nice. I call this my privacy fence.
I wish more privacy fences were like that!
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Now the cold and rain of the past week has past, I've been able to take a couple of pictures. Our new patio and rock wall is now completed. All bananas and others that I grow are potted, I've never yet put anything in the ground! Next year perhaps.

White Bird of Paradise, Enano Gigante, and probable Cavendish:


Raja Puri and Maurelli. The sun makes the Maurelli truly glow!


View of the patio from the backyard. Too many types to list here, I'll try and get some individual close up shots soon:


Heliconia "Andromeda" in the foreground, Zebrina behind:


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Nice plants they look great . I just plated a White BOP and a couple of Maurelii. But mine are still small.
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The bird may take a while to grow for you, but the Maurelli should be quick - I got mine in the beginning of June in a 6" pot, probably an 8-9" plant. 2 1/2 months later it is about 7' to the top of the leaves (although that includes the pot). Good luck!

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Tropical New Jersey, Awesome!
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Now the cold and rain of the past week has past, I've been able to take a couple of pictures. Our new patio and rock wall is now completed. All bananas and others that I grow are potted, I've never yet put anything in the ground! Next year perhaps.

White Bird of Paradise, Enano Gigante, and probable Cavendish:


Raja Puri and Maurelli. The sun makes the Maurelli truly glow!


View of the patio from the backyard. Too many types to list here, I'll try and get some individual close up shots soon:


Heliconia "Andromeda" in the foreground, Zebrina behind:


Love everyone's pictures, hope you like mine!

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Very nice yard and pictures! In particular the Maurelli is awesome.

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Joe my Maurelii won't put out much vertical growth. It just keeps getting "fatter " at the base. It remains very squat. Are there different types?
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My Maurelii was very tall last yr. but this yr it is short and fat.. Just like me...LOL
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Thanks for the kind words guys!

I don't have any idea if there are different types of Maurelli, or if its simply individual genetics. This is the first and only one I've grown so far, and I'm very satisfied ($10.99).

Not sure how I'll overwinter it yet, but most of my overwintered plants have taken far too long to grow at a decent speed, although 6 months indoors takes it's toll. My basjoos all either died or took forever to get started and are now still quite small. It almost makes sense to start with new plants each year. Hopefully next year, if it survives, the Maurelli will grow tall, not fat!

For the record it is in Miracle Grow "Organic" mixed with extra perlite and peat moss, with a total of 2 feedings of Miracle Grow Tomato food (20-20-20) this summer.

Miracle Grow "Organic" makes me think of McDonalds "Healthy" - somehow it doesn't add up!!!

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Joe, any reason your basjoos are not in the ground? your much farther south than I am.
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Heres my Ensete Ventricosum 'Montbelliardii',

Very similar to Maurelli,except it grows more slender and has slightly more green on the leaves.And in my opinion a much nicer plant than Maurelli.It grows a lot quicker aswell.A truly fantastic plant.The one pictured I've had since May,when it arrived it was in a 9cm pot and had 4 leaves,so not much biggerthan a seedling.
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very nice ensete. I don't know where they could be obtained in the U. S.. I did see this ensete once before but it was on a U. K. site.
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You could only get this Ensete from Kobakoba in the UK,now you can get it through amulree exotics too,and ebay.There was one on ebay last week,but the chances of the seller being able to ship to US is prtty slim I'd guess.
Its a shame really as they're fantastic plants.
I got a Ventricosum 'Hiniba' from the same place,which is just as nice,just not as much red.


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I like the look of the Hiniba steve. I think I will treat myself to one next time I am down that way. Are they the same price as the Montys ?





Getting slightly off topic..............I am always wondering what all the other members look like so maybe we need a thread with pictures of our selves so we can put faces to names
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:32 PM   #77 (permalink)
 
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There was a thread of people pictures, but I can not locate it.
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Hi Mark,
I think they worked out the same price,maybe a bit less.
cost me 12.50 for a large plant.I don't think there were any small ones left,but may be wrong.
Hope you had a nice Holiday,bet the weather was better than what we had for the last fortnight,felt like October,very chilly,wet and very windy.As you've no doubt discovered,unless you've been very lucky and got away without any damage to your garden.I had a Sikki red tiger snap,and almost lost a Basjoo too,and a trashed Sabal:2687:
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Nice looking Ensete!

Nucci60- The reason they aren't in the ground is because last fall and this summer we did some construction and landscaping. Now I need to locate a good spot for a permanent basjoo! The problem is this part of NJ, unlike what most people picture as the Tollbooth State, is very heavily wooded, and we have giant trees everywhere creating lots of shade. Finding a spot with full sun is tricky, and the best we have is square on the new patio!

But I should try next spring- they didn't do well at all being stored in a warmish basement, only one survived and that is still small, taking a long time to recover! Probably be safer in the ground under 3 feet of snow!

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Joe, i put two basjoos and two sikkis in the ground this year because the basjoos really withered in storage last winter.
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