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Hello all,

My second summer growing bananas and tropicals on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We had a cool, rainy summer this year. The temps didn't get very high very often so I was surprised that I had as much growth as I did. I guess I'm just growing for foliage as I'm still learning and not even sure if I could get fruit in these parts. I've learned ALOT this year. Thanks to many of you for information and inspiration .


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Old 10-16-2007, 03:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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beautiful pictures!!!!!!



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Beautiful! I think you did a GREAT job!!
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Wow...amazing!!
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Sunsetsammy,
WOW!!! What a great retreat you have created for yourself... To look at your gardens you couldn't tell you lacked any ingredient for a beutiful tropical oasis!!! Great job and keep the pics coming!!!
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Beautiful garden - I can see why you were pleased with the results. No problems with watering I guess! lol.
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I have a very prolific dwarf cavandish that fruits at about the size of your ensete. If you kept it in a large pot like the ensete, I don't see why you couldn't get fruit IF you took it inside somewhere warm during the winter.

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I would say you got a green thumb, if I've ever seen one. Everything looks amazingly healthy!!!! Great job!
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Very nice. You have created a healthy and lush garden.
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Looks great. Got some ideas from your pics, so thanks. BTW, those big reds are E Maurelli's, right?

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ABSOULUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! You did a great job! Aplause Aplause!! Aplause!!!!!! Oh Lord if my garden could be as beautiful as your's! I loved it! Is that ensete maurelli? That reddish banana is simply gorgeous! hmp!hmp!hmp! Send more pics please! Thanks MG.......
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Your banana selection is similar to mine AND I'm also on Vancouver Island. My Ensete ventricosum 'Maurellii' is in-ground and getting rather large. I want to winter it by cutting back the foliage and using an insulated enclosure.

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May I make a suggestion? If and when you get the opportunity, could you post pics of your place in the "member's backyard shots"??? You definitely need to have pics of them for visitors to this board can see your yard and it will be easier to locate in that thread. I just hate to see your pics "fall by the wayside" after a while. Just a suggestion... Your place in awesome...
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You don't have to be humble. You have quite the collection there.

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Very nice.
What type of banana is the one you got growing in the second and third pics that have the red, and purple colors on the leaves? Those are very nice looking. I did not know bananas had colors like that.
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Ensete ventricosum 'Maurellii

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May I make a suggestion? If and when you get the opportunity, could you post pics of your place in the "member's backyard shots"???
Thank you all for the kind words.

Randy I think I will take your suggestion. Maybe this weekend I'll have some more time to post more pics.

Barrie, I would be curious to see/hear about your insulated enclosure that you will be using for your ensete maurelli. Will it be heated? I've read on this forum that these plants will store well (ie. under the house, etc.)

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Yes Sam, they do store well although for me, digging this up is beyond what my back will take. I'll post a pic once I have everything constructed. As for heat, I suppose that's an option, even something as simple as a string of old type Xmas lights would be enough to keep the worst cold out (here anyway).

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