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Old 10-04-2020, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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From my limited experience and knowledge gained from some awesome growers on this site, I believe that this one is a water sucker. Granted it is a baller of a water sucker if indeed that's what it is but Lou does nothing small. There are 2 more giants like this still attached and 2 smaller ones popping up and one of the small ones looks very much like a sword.

Either way I believe I can grow this one as the roots were super thick and healthy. I am still incredibly amazed by this plant which will have been in the ground 4 months on Oct 10.


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Maybe this one will turn out to be a sword

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From my limited experience and knowledge gained from some awesome growers on this site, I believe that this one is a water sucker. Granted it is a baller of a water sucker if indeed that's what it is but Lou does nothing small. There are 2 more giants like this still attached and 2 smaller ones popping up and one of the small ones looks very much like a sword.

Either way I believe I can grow this one as the roots were super thick and healthy. I am still incredibly amazed by this plant which will have been in the ground 4 months on Oct 10.

I would fish in that pond.....

Great looking plant.

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Would fish in that pond.....
As some of my buddies on John's Island would ask

"Fush in dey"?

Which is geechie for "hey are there any fish in that pond"?
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Maybe this one will turn out to be a sword


What I have noticed is that young namwa (In my experience) don't make suckers with long, narrow leaves. They make what you see here, which means it is a good one. Water suckers are a completely different animal and it is easy to tell. If you are trying to decide if it is a water sucker or not for more than about ten seconds, it probably isn't a water sucker. Lol

The water suckers are so weak looking. All of the pups my original namwa made looked like that. I recently harvested a bunch from one of those, good strong plant. Kind of confused.... Some namwa make thin leaves on the swords and some not.....
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You will also notice that water suckers that come up will be eclipsed my pups (swords) that's come up months later. I had a water and a sword come up AR the same time. Several months later, water was about a foot tall, sword about six feet...
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What I have noticed is that young namwa (In my experience) don't make suckers with long, narrow leaves. They make what you see here, which means it is a good one. Water suckers are a completely different animal and it is easy to tell. If you are trying to decide if it is a water sucker or not for more than about ten seconds, it probably isn't a water sucker. Lol

The water suckers are so weak looking. All of the pups my original namwa made looked like that. I recently harvested a bunch from one of those, good strong plant. Kind of confused.... Some namwa make thin leaves on the swords and some not.....
So what do you make of the one I planted in the pot? That thing is growing like Lou already so, not that it really matters but do you think that's a water?

I know I sound like a broken record but to think all of that was a tiny tissue culture less than 4 months ago is mind boggling. I'm estimating the pstem at over 7' with 3 gigantic pups and more popping up. I'm amazed it just doesn't seem possible.
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So what do you make of the one I planted in the pot? That thing is growing like Lou already so, not that it really matters but do you think that's a water?

I know I sound like a broken record but to think all of that was a tiny tissue culture less than 4 months ago is mind boggling. I'm estimating the pstem at over 7' with 3 gigantic pups and more popping up. I'm amazed it just doesn't seem possible.

Doesnít look like a water to ME......


Your doing a great job! Growing them faster than people in Florida! Lol
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Your doing a great job! Growing them faster than people in Florida! Lol
Ha thanks. Just this one though everything else is just so so.
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Looking mighty..
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ohhhhh baby!!!!!


Maximum R.O.I right here..
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Maximum R.O.I right here..
Oh I'm gonna make the best of it, but imagine if it stays like this all winter. I'd have a banana paradise. All of my plants including the free AeAe I have coming will flourish.

Oh well a guy can dream....
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So what do you make of the one I planted in the pot? That thing is growing like Lou already so, not that it really matters but do you think that's a water?

I know I sound like a broken record but to think all of that was a tiny tissue culture less than 4 months ago is mind boggling. I'm estimating the pstem at over 7' with 3 gigantic pups and more popping up. I'm amazed it just doesn't seem possible.
That's AMAZING!! I actually got a Tall Namwa about a month ago and hope it grows as strong as yours did!
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That's AMAZING!! I actually got a Tall Namwa about a month ago and hope it grows as strong as yours did!
The crazy thing is that I got a super healthy namwah pup from a local grower and while it is growing it has been a slow process. This pup is almost as big as that already. I know the forum is probably tired of me talking about it but what happened with this thing is staggering. Oh and it was supposed to be an blue java
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So what do you make of the one I planted in the pot? That thing is growing like Lou already so, not that it really matters but do you think that's a water?

I know I sound like a broken record but to think all of that was a tiny tissue culture less than 4 months ago is mind boggling. I'm estimating the pstem at over 7' with 3 gigantic pups and more popping up. I'm amazed it just doesn't seem possible.
Itís incredible man. Dwarf or Tall theyíre the most vigorous or second most vigorous of my collection. My Mekong Giant might grow a little bit faster. In may of last year I had a 4Ē tc dwarf Namwa plug planted in the ground and by the first of November it was 6í tall. That was not even potting it up to get the roots bigger. Just in the ground out of the box. Lol Of course I dug it up the try and preserve the only dwarf Namwa I had and it set fruit at the beginning of august this year. Canít go wrong with that variety. Iím gonna leave both tall and dwarf in the ground this year.
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That's AMAZING!! I actually got a Tall Namwa about a month ago and hope it grows as strong as yours did!
Was it a pup or a TC?

Also, who the heck knows what this thing is. It may be from another planet or somewhere even weirder.
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Was it a pup or a TC?

Also, who the heck knows what this thing is. It may be from another planet or somewhere even weirder.
I have both a Dwarf Namwa and the Tall Namwa I mentioned

The Dwarf Namwa I got in March this year as a TC from Wellspring Gardens. It is about 4' tall right now.

The Tall Namwa is a pup I got from a seller on Ebay after the first one I got did not take root. It has already put out 3 leaves so I'm actually going to put it on the ground today even though it's already late in the year.
We still have some warm weather in south texas for a bit so I'm hoping it gets a chance to grow like yours did before winter hits.
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I have both a Dwarf Namwa and the Tall Namwa I mentioned

The Dwarf Namwa I got in March this year as a TC from Wellspring Gardens. It is about 4' tall right now.

The Tall Namwa is a pup I got from a seller on Ebay after the first one I got did not take root. It has already put out 3 leaves so I'm actually going to put it on the ground today even though it's already late in the year.
We still have some warm weather in south texas for a bit so I'm hoping it gets a chance to grow like yours did before winter hits.
Lou's birthday is coming up Saturday. 4 months young. Here's another baby picture from June 10:





I wish I could remember what I put in that hole
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