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Old 05-07-2017, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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On May 3, 2017, I went to Going Bananas located in Homestead, Florida and I purchased a couple of 'nana varieties!....Don and Katie, are the owners of Going Bananas, at nursery dedicated most to 'nana varieties!...I have been there a couple of times!....Every time I go there, Don always forgot about me!....LOL....


*****I would emphasizes, I'm not affiliated in any way with Going Bananas or getting paid to do this!.....I just want to recognized their contribution, dedication and hard work to the 'nana society/world!*****


Don is an exceptional human being!...A very intellectual and a calm person!....Same as Don's wife, Katie!...Katie most of the time, manages the nursery/business customer service!....Very honest and good people!....

Don mentioned that Gabe (Gabe15) is one of the most acknowledgeable persons of the world about 'nanas, along with Mrs. Angela Kepler (from the book World Of Bananas In Hawaii)....Don and Gabe are very good friends!....


Don let me take a bunch of pictures in which I'm sharing with you 'nana members/addicts!....Thank you Don for have the time and the patience to showed me around!.....


Pictures taken on May 3, 2017....Please don't ask me for the names of the nana varieties on the pictures!....so many pictures!....LOL....







First stage of TC plants (small TC plants)....All plants labeled with their name of 'nana variety!....







Don at the first stage TC plants (small TC plants).....




Bottom of the picture from left to right: Richard Wallace, as Gabe mentioned to me, is the guy responsible in Georgia who did all the trials with Veinte Cohol!....Don (Going Bananas) and Gabe (Gabe15)!....Picture taken on 2011!....





Second stage of TC plants (bigger plants)....All plants labeled with their name of 'nana variety!....











Then, to the groove!......Big, huge 'nana groove planted along with fruiting trees!.....Pictures of some of the 'nana plants varieties!....












































































Beautiful 'Ae Ae' Manini!.....






Pictures of some of the fruiting plants/trees!....

















Hopefully you guys enjoyed as I did!.....
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Old 05-07-2017, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I think if I ever visit Florida again, Going Bananas will be a stop on my tour. Thanks for posting all the great pictures and for sharing your experiences.
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Awesome Hector! I want to visit very badly. Place looks awesome! You can tell they care about bananas and put lots of time and care into theirs. I've never heard a bad thing said about them. Excellent nursery to order from! You will get exctally what you ordered. Other than other members they have the real Blue Java Ice Cream banana. Most other nurseries sell Blue Java Ice Cream And send you a tall Namwah.

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Thanks for sharing Hector! I really enjoyed the pics.
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Looks like you had a great day Hector, great pics.you can see the pride they (Going Bananas) take into their work.
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Hector, great photos. I was just there the Friday before you (April 28th) but I never get to take the tour because we (my wife and I) always get there in the last half hour of business.

It was our second time to Going Bananas and both times it's just been Katie. But I did get to meet Don in March when he had a booth at the Leu Garden plant sale. I didn't pick up anything in March but I got to ask him if they were going to have Veinte Cohol as they were no longer on the list. He said that they might have some ready in two months.

So when Katie asked what I was looking for I asked her if they had any VC's ready and she told me they weren't going to sell the VC anymore. But she called up Don to check if they had any and where they might be. Turns out there were a few in the second shade house (TC stage 1) and returned with two little guys in hand for me to choose from.

While I wasn't able to find want I wanted in March, this time I got two, the Veinte Cohol and a Siam Ruby.


What did you bring home Hector?
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Thank you Mark, Ty, Mushtaq and Andy!....



Even I have been there many times, every time I go to Going Bananas is a very pleasant experience!....As I mentioned, I feel like a "kid in a candy store!".....LOL.....



Andy, I brought home two 'nana varieties!...Mysore and FHIA-2 "Mona Lisa!"......The Banana Growing Gang is getting stronger!

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That's pretty awesome!
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