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Old 06-09-2022, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Blue Java (possibly) about to start flowering

Got this Blue Java from TopTropicals.com and everything else that I have got from them has grown out as expected... so fingers crossed for this as well. So I noticed a leaf a week ago that was 1/3 the size of all the rest and then this started poking its head out 2 days ago. Probably going to provide a bit of support just to be on the safe side but it seems pretty upright and sturdy. From what I have read I won't be able to verify this as the real deal until it starts to fruit, but if anyone has any other ways to identify it, I would love to check.




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Old 06-09-2022, 07:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Yes, that's a flower
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Here is the progress made so far. Still unable to verify if it really is a Blue Java or not.

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all that plant in one little pot.

did you take the straps off for the picture?
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45 gal pot and no straps or bracing yet. Probably going to put something up this weekend for it just incase
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This would be my first banana to get to flowering stage. Any helpful tips that will increase yield?
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It's pretty rare to find blue java at nurseries, as they don't tissue culture it, they'd need to have it as a pup from a true blue java. Good luck! Keep posting photos as the bananas come out.
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Dang in a pot! That's crazy awesome.
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yeah, i was about to move to a 100gal pot but saw the flag leaf and decided to hold off.
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Got this Blue Java from TopTropicals.com and everything else that I have got from them has grown out as expected... so fingers crossed for this as well. So I noticed a leaf a week ago that was 1/3 the size of all the rest and then this started poking its head out 2 days ago. Probably going to provide a bit of support just to be on the safe side but it seems pretty upright and sturdy. From what I have read I won't be able to verify this as the real deal until it starts to fruit, but if anyone has any other ways to identify it, I would love to check.



must be the black stuff is a water hose instead of straps.

do not let her blow over. had some in pots blow over and in less than a day they would bend toward the sun [something i call ohioleaners ] it takes alot of energy from them when that happens.
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So, it looks like i am going to get some fruit off this thing. Any tips for helping yield?

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no advice, but happy fathers day. looks like those kids are not far from being et. make me jealous.

maybe 5 more months, keep us updated.
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Here is what i have so far. looks like a decent amount. I am seeing some smaller bananas in the bottom left of this pic. not sure if thats normal or not.


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Here is what i have so far. looks like a decent amount. I am seeing some smaller bananas in the bottom left of this pic. not sure if thats normal or not.

Looks nice. At what height did it flower?
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Close to 10ft.
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Close to 10ft.
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It is Namwah, not Blue Java.
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I agree, it looks like a Musa Namwah. These are often sold online and at nurseries as Blue Java. I only know of several places to get the real deal when they have them. Those bananas taste better than what you can get in the store so you still made out.
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what are you feeding it?
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Default Re: Blue Java (possibly) about to start flowering

Just 20-20-20. Someone told me that they use Jack's 16-5-25 with good success so might jump to that
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