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Old 07-08-2012, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I moved to south Miami Dade county Florida last year and have already planted mangos and avocado and now digging hole for bananas. The soil here is alkaline limestone very hard to dig(need auger or demolition hammer). Should I amend the soil? Anyone growing bananas in this type of soil? The variety I am interested in now are Ice Cream and Raja Puri.

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Old 07-08-2012, 08:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Planting and growing successfuly in calcareous soil --- think backhoe and dynamite.

Seriously though, you need to immediately join the Miami RFCI and attend every meeting -- Rare Fruit Council Int'l. I have a cousin in Homestead and his topsoil is just 6 inches thick. They did the digging years ago and the avocados and mangos today are unbelievable -- great climate.

And if you are in Miami you are zone 10 -- not 9! I'm in 9b in PSL and I sure know the difference. The cousin is growing my truly tropicals and the plants love it down there!

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Augment "soil" (limestone) with lots of organic material. Also go over and see Don at Going Bananas. There are some cultivars much better suited for South Florida and much more productive.

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I am about 0.2 miles north of Homestead,Florida and near agriculture areas. I moved from zone 9 to zone 10. Should I amend the native soil with cow manure and garden soil?

There are a lot of weeds that seem to love the soil here.

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Cow manure and garden soil are good organic augments. Yes.
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Augment "soil" (limestone) with lots of organic material. Also go over and see Don at Going Bananas. There are some cultivars much better suited for South Florida and much more productive.

Welcome to South Florida.
JCA ----- I agree with Ken. Go talk to Don and he will tell you what you need to do to grow stuff. Call first for a visit. Sitting on top of a ancient coral reef is a totally different deal. And go to those RFCI meetings. Many doors opened for me when I joined my club. Cut my fertilizer expenses by 60% and gained lots of practical knowledge.

Why don't you pin yourself on the map so I can see how close you are to my cousin. They willl gladly give you a tour of their place. The monster avocado trees alone are worth the trip. And you will see my tropical naners growing there too.

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I would like to meet some of the people here that are also residents of southeast Florida. Southeast Florida and the Keys are among the few places in North America where you can reliably grow Mangos and other tropical plants. Good luck to you all!

I have many fire ants on this property. You dare pick a spot to sit down and high risk they are all over you and they soon thereafter attack with gusto.
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I'm growing in Hollywood (Ft Lauderdale) and have found the same problem. Wherever I dig I hit sandy soil with chunks of coral all over the place. I went to homedepot and bought bags of compost (many) and every time I dig I remove any sizeable coral and mix the removed dirt with the compost at a 1 to 1 ratio. The plants are growing really fast. I've tried to post pictures but the site says I am already filled up (will try again)
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Stupid, I know... but I've been watching Animal Cops- Miami on Animal Planet....and am REALLY enjoying (and drooling over) the plants I see! I don't know how many people watch the plants on these shows...lol. But, I've seen a lot of beautiful bananas on this show, and so envious of people who can grow all these beautiful tropical plants in Florida! Some of the bananas I've seen appear to be growing outside of people's yards....wild like. Love it!
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I'm growing in Hollywood (Ft Lauderdale) and have found the same problem. Wherever I dig I hit sandy soil with chunks of coral all over the place. I went to homedepot and bought bags of compost (many) and every time I dig I remove any sizeable coral and mix the removed dirt with the compost at a 1 to 1 ratio. The plants are growing really fast. I've tried to post pictures but the site says I am already filled up (will try again)
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Ive been to Hollywood FL and miami twice. perfect weather for bananas best of luck!
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I dug a hole three feet diameter and two feet deep and added 500 pounds of composted cow manure and mixed with native soil. I have not yet planted though.
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I dug a hole three feet diameter and two feet deep and added 500 pounds of composted cow manure and mixed with native soil. I have not yet planted though.
Stick an Ae Ae in there --- it will be very happy.
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I still have not yet planted my first banana. The soil is ready though. I must decide on a good cultivar. Earlier I decided to plant raja puri and ice cream, but not so sure now.
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If I lived in Southern Florida I would grow Saba, Ice Cream, Ae Ae, and praying hands to start and work my way from there!
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The only bananas I have eaten are Grand Nain and Williams found in most grocery stores. How do the other cultivars compare in taste to Grand Nain? Are there big differences in flavor? I am very eager to try some cultivar other than Grand Nain to sample the flavor.

Have Grand Nain always been the most popular cultivar? Are there better tasting cultivars?
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For a first time growing something special --- Goldfinger, aka FHIA 1.
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I planted my first banana Friday ; it is a Blue Java (Ice Cream). So far it is growing well and hopefully this continues.
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I planted my first banana Friday ; it is a Blue Java (Ice Cream). So far it is growing well and hopefully this continues.
Good choice.. ha ha But thats the first one .. home grown bananas are really different tasting than store bought .. so a Gran naim from your yard will be a good one
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Here is the Ice Cream banana recently planted.

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