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Old 08-11-2022, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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doing Orinoco things. I wish it had gotten here a month ago but we'll see


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YOOOO!!!


SWEET! Looking nice and healthy too!
How tall did it get?
Well it's still early August so it's not that bad
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SWEET! Looking nice and healthy too!
How tall did it get?
Well it's still early August so it's not that bad
Maybe a little over 8'
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Thanks that's three different varieties this year and with a 10-11 foot praying hands I may have four. It's fun for sure.
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My 2nd one in another mat flowered around that height too.

Here's the Grand Nain I got from you
This was back early April this year. It survived freezing temps even though it was small.



This is it now there's at least 10 in there
It really liked the shade net I added and started growing much faster.
We finally got some much needed rain this morning.



Hoping it survives again this winter so I can try some home grown Chiquita banana next year.
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My 2nd one in another mat flowered around that height too.

Here's the Grand Nain I got from you
This was back early April this year. It survived freezing temps even though it was small.



This is it now there's at least 10 in there
It really liked the shade net I added and started growing much faster.
We finally got some much needed rain this morning.



Hoping it survives again this winter so I can try some home grown Chiquita banana next year.
wow that thing is looking good. The problem I have with that one is #1 the winter kills it to the ground and #2 is that they pup like their lives depend on it. I think that I need to keep it to one follower, two max. I'd love to see it fruit. I sent one to Aaron too between the two of you I'm sure I'll see them produce.
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Congratulations!

See if you can document/identify any differences between Orinoco and Blue Java other than color. Although Orinoco is not mentioned in my World of Bananas book, my understanding is that they are both in the Bluggoe family so they are very similar.
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See if you can document/identify any differences between Orinoco and Blue Java other than color. Although Orinoco is not mentioned in my World of Bananas book, my understanding is that they are both in the Bluggoe family so they are very similar.
For starters the Blue Java was a much more vigorous grower. Maybe it was the spot but it rocketed vs the Orinoco more slow and steady. Main stem, petioles and leaves are also thicker and more stout. We'll see what the flower and crop look like soon enough.
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See if you can document/identify any differences between Orinoco and Blue Java other than color. Although Orinoco is not mentioned in my World of Bananas book, my understanding is that they are both in the Bluggoe family so they are very similar.
It's been a week or so since I looked at these. It looks to be getting a slight hint of color.

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It takes a while in the SE. Ty Taylor thinks it has to do with the level of humidity in our area vs. the drier West. Bunches in the fall when there is a lower level of humidity are suppose to be more blue than bunches in the spring when the humidity is higher.
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moving right along

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Looks like 5 hands, maybe 4 1/2 depending on how that last one fills out. between 40 and 50 pieces on it's first fruiting

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Not bad! That was definitely a happy plant

Here's one we just harvested at my mother's place


Also check out this picture I found online.
Apparently Orinoco can put out big bunches like this but I've never seen one that big in person.

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