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Old 09-15-2017, 01:45 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Bet you were wanting to know what happened Me too! I am working on the other side of the country while my plantation gets battered by a hurricane. I brought my family with me. Still no power back home, and we just got potable water today. I haven't seen any pictures of my older plantings, but I am sure it's all layer down. Thankfully, I had someone put my 2000 potted plants for the nursery into the house, so they are fine. A friend sent me these pictures. I have never seen this land flood in the 12 years I have lived down here.

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Old 09-15-2017, 02:23 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Better now than later when you have 3000 huge bunches hanging!!

I hope everything is ok Nick. So glad you didn't loose all those potted ones. 2000 plants would be no minor loss!!

Thanks for the update and hope everything recovers quickly!!
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I think it will dry out in a couple of days and the plants will be OK. Keep us posted as to what is happening.
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So after much thought, I have decided to take my field nursery out of the back yard. I have different objectives now after figuring out what works and what doesn't work in terms of bananas and plantains.

I have decided to change my business model and only grow plantains commercially, and to be specific, dwarf plantains. I have zero problem selling plantains and I sell every plantain that I grow in 1 hour every two weeks. The backyard will be planted in late-season Avocados. Which grow fairly well along the lake.

I plan to have my backyard cleared of bananas by March.

If there is something that you are after as far as specific variety, PM me
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Njalipoovan

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African Rhino Horn
Pisang Raja

But they have a reprieve for at least a few more months after the ones are gone from my house.
How neat that you've been able to focus on what works for you. I'm a bit older and still don't have it figured out. Thankfully I probably have, genetically, another 22 years or more to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Now that I'm finally getting plants out of pots (took me over 2 years to figure out where to put them), I'm up to adding more varieties to my "stable" but the Yankee in me hates asking prices; I've recently begun testing my wings with dickering here in FL but it's very alien to me. If it's not too much trouble, could you put prices on pups in your listing? And perhaps add a zip if peeps want to pick up? I won't be driving more than 100 miles RT until after the 1st of the year so you might run out before then. Hope so for your sake--not mine.

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it might be beneficial if you gave us your general location. many have plants to give away or modest prices. pm pukpukz. he is in Louisiana. he has many varieties, good prices. haven't heard from him since the last hurricane that hit Louisiana, but he is still selling on ebay. also sddarkman619 is selling right now, good prices and many good varieties.

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Weeds everywhere. Parts of the field were actually flooded until the first week of November.

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Diuron 80W has been a really good tool for clearing out the weeds.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:46 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Got some pictures today.






I sometimes forget that I have thousands of plantains in this field.
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looks a lot better than it did after the hurricane. thought you was going to lose a lot.
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Looking Northeast from the Southwest Corner
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I finished spraying herbicide on Saturday. Hopefully, I get a good kill on the weeds.

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The new field planted in 2017



I did a replant in the old field this summer and it looks great.

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Looks great! Love seeing rows of Musa!!
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would intentional cover crops like daikon radish clover vetch etc be feasable instead of herbicide
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would intentional cover crops like daikon radish clover vetch etc be feasable instead of herbicide
If I had my own mower and my own seeder perhaps. I have an ATV, a disk, and a sprayer. I make the most with what I have. Also, for 9 months of the year I am not consistently around to manage my farm. The go to cover for my area would probably be jack bean.
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Nick, I know you got rid of the bananas in your yard, still crying over it, but do you still have the 3 acre patch down the road between the rr trax and levy? You had Williams and Hua Moa, etc. there
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Nick, I know you got rid of the bananas in your yard, still crying over it, but do you still have the 3 acre patch down the road between the rr trax and levy? You had Williams and Hua Moa, etc. there

Yes, it's still there. I've been renovating. I replanted quite a bit. That's where my remaining diversity is. It's mostly being planted to plantains as well, but I have a nice section of the farm with some other varieties.

For bananas I have:
2- FHIA-1
12- FHIA-17
2-FHIA-18
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20 Williams
2 Dwarf Brazillian
2 Pisang Raja
2 Njalipoovan
10 Dwarf Nam Wah
1 Mysore

For plantains I have:
1 Common harton
3 African Rhino Horn
8 Dwarf Superl Plantains
Many Hua Moa
Many Dwarf Puerto Rican Plantains
Many Giant Plantains

I say many because I don't know how many.
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