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Old 10-29-2017, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Five months ago, I seem to have made the mistake of buying a Gros Michel as my first banana. It spent the summer on my enclosed and south-facing porch. Windows closed, it is consistently 30 degrees hotter than the outside during the day. At night, it falls down to arrive the sane temperatures as outside.

From may through a couple weeks ago we were able to give it 90-100 degree days and nights above 60. Summer humidity is usually really high here, and this year was no exception.

With nights now getting down below 50, I just moved Big Mike up to my bedroom, also south facing. My wife uses a humidifier all winter, so humidity should be decent. Our room usually ends up 15 degrees hotter than the rest of the house, so we spend most of the winter pushing 80 in there.

Long term, my cousin and I are hoping to open a meadery in a disused section of a building I own. It's a corner space with a funky pentagonal shape and three outside walls dominated by windows. We're thinking of having a banana hole connecting the basement to the first floor with the GM's container on the basement floor. We'll have about 19' for it to grow. I'll supplement the natural light with some grow lamps, and we'll have a fun setting for a basement tiki bar.
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Since my last post, the GM has put out another leaf and started another cigar. I'm surprised at how fast it's growing even as its getting cold and dark out.

Also, whoever told me that bananas are addictive, I acquired a blue java and a dwarf Cavendish.
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Looks really healthy, but also really skinny for some reason.
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Not a GM. Needs more light. That is why it's thin.
A bigger pot for next year wouldn't hurt, either.
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Varieties I supposedly bought: Manzano, Cavendish, Blue Java, Sweetheart, and Gros Michel.
What it seems I actually have: Brazilian, Cavendish, Namwah, Dwarf Red, Gros Michel, Pisang Ceylon, Veinte Cohol and SH 3640, and American Goldfinger. FHIA 1, Paggi and FHIA 17... Always room for one more.
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