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Old 07-09-2005, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is this really the first thread in this forum? I love banana plants. I only recently discovered that there are so many different kinds. I think the vanilla one would be my favorite, flavorwise. The only bananas I have growing are the standard kind everyone plants in TX (I don't even know the species yet). They haven't fruited yet but they have grown to 6 and 9 feet respectively and the 9-footer has 3 shoots coming up next to it. They were both planted last October. In the spring they were shooting out a new leaf every week but we've been having a drought the last 6 weeks and they haven't grown in about a month, despite water and fertilizer about every 3 days. I hope they fruit next year!
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Old 07-10-2005, 12:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hah! Yes, it sure was the first post in this particular forum. You certainly hold the honor. Welcome to the forum! Now I have somebody to talk to!

I'm in Florida, we just had a hurricane miss hitting us, so I had to trim most of the leaves off my bananas so they didnt get caught in the wind.

When they do, would these be the first plants of yours to fruit?
Do you plan to get some other types? Have the space?
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Hey, Im 16, I live in Colorado (although currently Im actually in St. Petersburg FL). I grow bananas for fun and for research and have been for the last 3 years. I have many plants including very rare and unusual ones. Im currently doing a few projects regarding the cultivation of small species and hybrids (namely the Rhodochlamys species), but this project will also form into a hybrid experiment when the times comes.
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hah! Yes, it sure was the first post in this particular forum. You certainly hold the honor. Welcome to the forum! Now I have somebody to talk to!

I'm in Florida, we just had a hurricane miss hitting us, so I had to trim most of the leaves off my bananas so they didnt get caught in the wind.

When they do, would these be the first plants of yours to fruit?
Do you plan to get some other types? Have the space?
Bananas- yes, these will be the first of mine to fruit. I have only lived in a suitable climate for one year now. Glad Dennis missed you; I live in Galveston, TX and I'm afraid of this particularly active hurricane season. My neighbor has a large clump of fruiting bananas right along the fence and I've seen the size of the fruit clumps- pretty impressive. Unfortunately, the only kind of banana I have is the musa (I assume). Yesterday I passed up on getting a red banana plant, a dwarf, and some other pale whitish-green kind because I was already buying 8 new palms to accompany two others I still haven't planted. Unfortunately at this point all of my stuff is too new to have anything to trade. I'm sure someone will come around. I need to get a camera to post some pictures on this site!
Gabe15 and Bananas- any pictures?
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Hey count me in i love this new site. I will be here every day i love bananas and i am new to gardening> i have been into it seriously for about 3 yrs. I have a ruptured disk in my back so all i can do is look at my plants and thats fine by me!!!
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Hey, yea, I have some pictures to post.
I was working on setting up a photo gallery for the forum and posting them there, but this is a beta version of vBulletin and there arent too may tried and tested modifications available for it. I think I found the solution though.
So expect some pictures from me and the photo gallery real soon.
It will be neat, everyone will get their own page to post photos to.
Here's two various shots. One you can see a few white bird of paradise, a banana relative, a few small pink Musa Velutina, and a Zebrina. Look close and you will see lobster claw Heliconia, red ginger, a Spindle palm, white pinwheel jasmine, and orange Don Juan blooms, among others. The other photo is a closeup of the flag and inflorescence of Velutina.
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Hey doyou have any bird of paridise to tarde or sell! i have been contemplating getting that. you just pushed me into it!!
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I have two kinds (these are not actual pics of mine)

Strelitzia reginae





and Strelitzia nicolai







Not enough of my orange to trade,

and my white, I have a lot of out there, maybe I can find one with a
pup that can be removed without damaging it... I'll get back with you
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I really enjoy my white birds. You should get some one way or another.
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I love the white birds too. There's a specimen a few blocks from me that's about 30 feet tall. I had to pass on buying one of those this weekend too, but I did get a large traveler's palm (Ravenala madagascariensis) that has 3 pups. I'm nervous about removing the pups because they're so close to the main plant and one of them is already over 3 feet. Any advice on separating them?
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OK let me know about that i will be happy to find a new home for it. Also i need an addy to send the elephant ears to.
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wow! i am so glad to find this site! i am in south florida and just recently began planting bananas in my yard. i am fortunate to be on about a 1/2 acre of land and have planted 6 different varieties so far. i am new to growing bananas but am excited to taste the fruits of my labor

i also have one banana that was already planted when i moved in that just flowered...can anyone help with an ID if i take a pic of it?
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I just wanted to be part of the first post, even though I am over 3 years late in doing so.
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Hahahahahahahhah!!!!
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I am humbled to be among the first....... blah, blah................

Seriously, this is cool. Glad you bumped it, Tony.
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Wow 2005 that's cool, I'm not worthy to post in this thread.... whoooops I tried holding back. Alright, now we know who is the first now.
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