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Old 06-06-2012, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Can't get any height?

Not sure why I can't get these to grow tall. One pic has a 7 footer, but on the other side of my yard nothing but 3-4 foot tall nanners. I'm in zone 9 and they are getting plenty of water and feed. Not even sure what kind they are but bloomed the first year we moved into the house, nothing since. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are they getting 7+ hours of direct sunlight per day?
Do they have adequate root space?
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They are getting a ton of sunlight, and lots of water. I'm beginning to think maybe I have too many. Would that stunt the growth? Also I keep reading about Banana Fuel, where can I buy that? Thanks for your help.
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Those look like Basjoo to me. I live in a chilly zone 9 and it was several years before my Basjoo took off. They stayed short and smallish every year until 2 or 3 years ago when we had the really cold winter and they finally got tall when summer came. You might would have better luck with Orinoco or Saba for heigth within a couple of years.

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Examine the soil they are growing in before you buy expensive ferts. I use a lot of yard waste compost by the ton. I put course pieces in the soil so it won't be compacted after adding amendments. The roots spread and the leaves grow big. the reason I do this is because before there was just sand in my yard. I notice I huge difference. There is no majic solution that works for everyone. Im not against ferts because I use it in moderation.
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