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Old 07-07-2013, 01:32 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm skeptical of the grub theory, but suppose it's possible.

Do grubs damage any of the following leaves or is it a one & done grub?
It's the guy in the pic I posted in the Ae Ae attacked thread. This has happened over 2 dozen times in the last 8 years. Take a look before the PK grows bigger or is eaten alive.

Not a one shot deal. He will stay in the area between the last open leaf petiole and the cigar. Drilling straight thru. That's why the holes are lined up when unfurled. The petioles will fill up with grub poop and I found that manual removal or mild insecticide works fine.

Found as many as 3 or 4 grubs in a single pstem over the years. Mostly on the Ae Ae --- mama and pups.

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For whatever reason, my hua moas always get catterpillat damage, but none of the other varieties. I think it's banana moth, but Ive never bothered with rearing the worm out for ID.
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[quote=PR-Giants;225206]The Banana Corm Weevil is bad, but this guy will kill a banana plant faster than an army of Weevils.

PR - what is the name of that critter?
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Update on a Hua Moa grown in a pot,

C@1m is 23" & Pseudostem height is over 10'.

Not too bad for 3.5 months.
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With that many pups you should a few atypical sports.

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This type of pup removal takes time (about 3 seconds) with the proper Marshalltown pup removal tool.

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This pup was removed jul 20


So these puppies root for you ?
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Why?
Nick posted a while ago about atypical growth of several HM suckers when he had the 5 acre farm. Expected him to jump in on this. He's outta town I believe.
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Hua Moa has some issues with producing funny sports. When I replanted, I avoided all plants that either were sports or were producing funny looking sports.
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I went thru the Marshall town website and could not pick out the Marshalltown pup removal tool. Please post pic.
Nice hardware they offer btw.

And that's Borinquenite --- Boricuamite sounds too much like Azomite. lol

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A good rule to use is, smaller easier & bigger harder,

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Once on a visit Nick showed me those HM sports. Several were one to two feet tall with a dozen small leaves. Like it was an SDC.

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Interesting....

I did notice that one looked different then all the others.

Presently it's under an inch tall, but clearly fatter, thicker, and more rounded than the other pups were at that stage.

Thanks Nick, funny looking sports is a little vague, can you be more descriptive.

Is this pup a sport, a funny looking sport, or a normal HM pup?

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Nice nanner! How do the bananas taste off of it? Are they cooking or dessert bananas? Also, if you ever feel like giving some pups away, let me know.
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I went thru the Marshall town website and could not pick out the Marshalltown pup removal tool. Please post pic.
Nice hardware they offer btw.

And that's Borinquenite --- Boricuamite sounds too much like Azomite. lol
I am 100% serious when I say Marshalltown is the Best.

I bought all my Marshalltown tools in the 80's, the first one was "The Hog"

Magnesium Hand Float and I was hooked after that.

I used the 6 X 2 Margin Trowel to removed the HMs and similar pups.

The strength and sharp flat edge gives the control needed in tight spaces.


I can make a precise cut and do very little damage to the main plant.

This is one of the HM pups I removed today, the cut is simply perfect.


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that's a brick trowel - I normally use a flat edged spade shovel and usually have to drive it down with a maul to separate the pup. i guess I'm letting the pups get too big??
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WoW Nick, those bunches look beautiful.

Are they average for you or the cream of the crop.

They seem to be average 5 handers. I'll know for sure when I cut them. If they are 30 lbs, they are average.
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Are they average for you or the cream of the crop.
ditto -those nanas are huge- how do they taste?
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that's a brick trowel - I normally use a flat edged spade shovel and usually have to drive it down with a maul to separate the pup. i guess I'm letting the pups get too big??
If I want to collect a lot of pups, I do it when they're young and the mother will just keep pumping them out.
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30 lb average is great, I think everything I've read is in the low 20's.

Yeah, I wasn't expecting the yields that I get with them. I would consider the low 20s to be low. I generally have 5 useable hands. The lower hands produce very small fruits so I try to cut them off.

I just made some fufu with them, and it wasn't that good. A report on mofongo with them was poor. Apparently they taste pretty good baked. I think that they shine as tostones and chips. I also sold a pile of them for people to eat fresh. They are a good fresh banana, but not my favorite.
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Yeah, I wasn't expecting the yields that I get with them. I would consider the low 20s to be low. I generally have 5 useable hands. The lower hands produce very small fruits so I try to cut them off.

I just made some fufu with them, and it wasn't that good. A report on mofongo with them was poor. Apparently they taste pretty good baked. I think that they shine as tostones and chips. I also sold a pile of them for people to eat fresh. They are a good fresh banana, but not my favorite.
I think finger size not being uniformed is going to be a major problem.

It's a problem with ARHs but minor.
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