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Old 08-29-2009, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today I had my gardener and his son come over to help thin the Hawaiian Apples and harvest a bunch too. We removed about 50 trees and pups of all sizes! I totally forgot to get a before picture but if you can imagine not being able to see any open air through the stand that's what it looked like before. We also reduced the circumference of the matt by a few feet on all sides and a little more in the rear by the fence line. I still have some corms to remove but they are right next to flowering plants so I left them for the time being. Yay I can see the sky again!



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Old 08-29-2009, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very cool. Those bananas are TALL! I bet it was a lot of work.
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Yeah and it was really hot today too! A lot of water and sports drinks were consumed!
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Mitchel.

That's a beautiful picture. Please explain the thinning process and why you did it. Was it to remove plants and send more strength to those that had set fruit? By thinning did you dig them out or just cut them off at the ground?

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Beautiful plants! Makes me excited about the tall Brazilian I just planted

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Thanks Russel. There were several reasons for thinning. The method for removal was to chop them bit by bit them remove the corm and big lower part of the p-stem at the same time. Most of the larger ones were cut to about 6 feet tall and then completely removed. The only corms we left are connected to plants that are fruiting now.


1= More sunlight equals less stretching from the plants. As you see they are rather tall!
2= Less competition for nutrients equals healtheir plants and larger fruit bunches.
3= The stand was so thick at the ground level plants were satrting to grow in the air basically, which is not a good thing. Corms on top of corms in other words.
4= Some of the plants were growing over my neighbors yards making it difficulty to maintain and harvest them.
5= I was getting concerned they might take out my wood fence when the Santa Ana winds kick up in Sep and Oct.
6= when the sun is low in the sky this winter the other parts of the garden will get more sun.

I think that covers it.
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Beautiful plants! Makes me excited about the tall Brazilian I just planted

Any more pics?
Thanks Adam, if you look in my photo gallery I have a whole Tall Brazillian/ Hawaiian Apple folder with loads of pics.
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Yes, Mitchel, I think that covers it too!

That's kinda what I figured, but I appreciate the explaination.

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As Austin said, those really are tall! What are they, in the neighborhood of 20+?
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Hope you saved some of the hearts for curry!
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Awesome, enjoy them
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Great looking plants. How are they in wind resistence?
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Yes they are over 20 feet of psuedo stem so maybe 30 feet to the top of the tallest leaves.

Bob, I have some Monzanos that I plan on using for the curry in early winter.
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Those things are Monsters!!!!
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Great looking plants. How are they in wind resistence?
I just noticed your question. They do ok considering how tall they are. The tall Jamaican Reds I grew were problematic and when they fell down it was the collateral damage to other plants that bummed me out.
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Holy CRAP those are tall! Those look saba tall!! I really wish I coulda seen the before picture!! Sounds like you guys had to put in some serious time, but I'm sure the results will be worth it! Thanks for sharing your story/pics!
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Wow! I like the pic of the fruit. Are they the same Hawaii apple banana in the island? I know it is not the same as manzano or apple banana here in the mainland. Which is better tasting?
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Wow! I like the pic of the fruit. Are they the same Hawaii apple banana in the island? I know it is not the same as manzano or apple banana here in the mainland. Which is better tasting?
Yeah Benny, same as the one grown in Hawaii. I grow both Hawaiian Apple AKA Tall Brazilian and Manzano. I prefer the taste of the Hawaiian Apple. The Monzano is along the same lines taste wise but a bit milder.
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Those are Great looking nanners! So did you throw Away all the corms you dug up? Your nanners look very happy.
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Those are Great looking nanners! So did you throw Away all the corms you dug up? Your nanners look very happy.
They are in the back of my truck and going to the dump today.
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