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Old 10-13-2007, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 10-14-2007, 12:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: I'm not really looking forward to digging this one up

Is that an Orinoco? Whats are your plans for it? Looks like the wind hit it pretty good. I suppose, the higher up they get, the more punishment they take.
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Old 10-14-2007, 02:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow thats a cracker paul.You gotta dig it up !!!!good look mate..daz
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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LoL....
Your gonna need a big storage location too..
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Haha! have a banana-digging party - it's the only way!
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I Know how you feel. I have a clump of ice cream that have two 8 ft steems on it and about three more smaller pups. One of these pups is about 6 ft. I have no idea how I am going to get that one under the house.
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I Know how you feel. I have a clump of ice cream that have two 8 ft steems on it and about three more smaller pups. One of these pups is about 6 ft. I have no idea how I am going to get that one under the house.

I have the same problem with my IC . I thought about cutting all the p-stems
and leaving the largest intact to make it (the mat ) lighter . the corm alone probably weighs over a hundred pounds ! I even considered pushing it over , mulching it , covering it with a tarp , and mulching over that .
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Do you plan on using a shovel or a digging bar or what?
The digging bar works great to pry large banana corms out of the ground.
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Multiply that by about 10, and that's what I'll be digging up here pretty soon!

I should take a picture. It's really quite absurd. What variety is that, Paul? Looks nice and healthy.
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I plan on using s shovel.
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Me and my buddy dug up these Orinoco's a few weeks ago and it was quite a chore. The deal was if we dug em, we could have em. Quite a gift from my buddy Ted. They were standing at about 16ft. when we chopped em. Notice the 4in. black pot sitting on the pseudostem of the second corm from the left. I have since cleaned em up and drug em under my house through my tiny entry way. It will be worth the trouble next year to have nana's that size!!
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Default Re: I'm not really looking forward to digging this one up

If this is an Orinoco: For a plant that size I wouldn't bother digging it up. It's clearly well established, and about to bloom. If you dig it up it will utilize all the energy just to survive til next spring, and if it's about to bloom it will probably abort next spring and produce dozens of pups instead.

If I were you I would leave it in the ground, try the cage method, and utilize alot of hay or other dry insulation material. Then leave it til April 15, and see what happens.

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I'd probablly leave it too since your in7b. We've tried in 6a and have about 50-50 chance.
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Okays guys, I'll pick a weekend and we'll have steaks on the grille with all the sides along with the cold ones and I'll have a shovel and ALEVE for everyone.
Actually I have 7 more pads just like that only not quite as tall. That particular one is Saba. I dug them all up last year and my back never forgave me.
I use a very sharp straight shovel that works like a charm when its time to separate the pups. Now I wish I were 1 zone warmer. I am tempted to leave it in the ground but I think come Feb. I will be glad I dug it up. This shot is the front of the house. The wind on Sat. and Sun. was 25-35mph all day long.
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