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Old 01-29-2017, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My good friend, forum member Mark Dragt (Mark's Bananas Forest Paradise Greenhouse) ordered 2 new corms; an Ice Scream Blue Java corm and a Pisang Raja corm and gave me as a gift for babysitting his corms until the weather (temp) gets better in Rochester, WA, probably by spring time, a FHIA-17 corm. Thank you Mark for the FHIA-17 corm!....You will get a FHIA-17 pup for sure!....

The corms came courtesy of the very experienced forum member Nick Naranjas!...As you can see by the pictures, Nick sent us 3 beautiful, big, huge corms with roots!...Thank you Nick for your kindness!...


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The 3 beautiful, big, huge corms!....




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Pisang Raja big corm.....




Ice Scream Blue Java big corm....




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This is how the corms looks right now!....Babysitting time!....




Then to the task, The FHIA-17 was trans-planted to the ground, using coarse sand, peat moss and perlite and a thin layer of organic soil on top!.....








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Old 01-29-2017, 12:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you tell the age of the corns and when they may fruit?
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Can you tell the age of the corns and when they may fruit?
The corms are probably 4-5 months old. If the center lives and continues to grow you probabaly have another 5-8 months of growing.
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Corms look great Hector! I know you will take good care of them till early spring. Thank You!
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VERY nice corms!! How is that exchange going to take place this spring? Mark are you driving down?
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I will take good care of them!...You are welcome and again thank you!....
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Matt!

Thank you Matt!.....The exchange will take place in a flying sorcerer or in the "beam me up" tele-transporter!.....

just joking Matt!...don't get serious!...

It is how my friend Mark prefer, in person or thru the mail!......
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I wish I could pick them up in person, that would be great! Probably have to let the mailman get it for me.
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LOL if only! Hector you seem to have the magic touch. Whatever you stick in ground or in a container always seems to skyrocket in no time! I'll be following this thread.
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That's funny. I told Hector a while back that he had the Midas touch.
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After 2 days only for being trans-planted, the corms are showing signs of growing, pushing out!.....


Pictures taken on January 30, 2017....


Ice Scream Blue Java corm....






FHIA-17 corm....






As you can see in the last 2 pictures, I also started to add "Bio-Recycle" (one of my favorite words), food for my 'nanas and my little precious, best friends; The millipedes!.....So valuable millicompost!......

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The corms are adjusting very quickly!....They keep growing, pushing out fast!....I added some grass clippings to the corms!.....


Pictures taken on February 04, 2017.....


Pisang Raja corm....




Ice Scream Blue Java corm......




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I got a FHIA 17 from Nick last October and it has been the fastest growing banana ever... Double the leaves of the others. The book says 18 months on 17, so maybe they slow down...
I recommend getting a Paggi from him while there still are some... Great tasting banana.
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Varieties I supposedly bought: Manzano, Cavendish, Blue Java, Sweetheart, and Gros Michel.
What it seems I actually have: Brazilian, Cavendish, Namwah, Dwarf Red, Gros Michel, Pisang Ceylon, Veinte Cohol and SH 3640, and American Goldfinger. FHIA 1, Paggi and FHIA 17... Always room for one more.
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I recommend getting a Paggi from him while there still are some... Great tasting banana.

Thanks Steven for your advice about The Paggi!.....This thing, The FHIA-17, is growing super fast!....Good luck with your FHIA-17!.....
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The FHIA-17 found some super fuel in your soil for sure. It's growing fast. Great update Hector!
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*****Corms Update!*****



The corms are still pushing out!....They are growing nicely!.....



Pictures taken on February 18, 2017.....



Pisang Raja = Musa Belle corm.....looks like the first leaf it is coming out anytime now!...





Ice Scream Blue Java corm....keeps pushing out real nice!.....





FHIA-17 corm......another "monster grower!".....keeps growing fast, pushing out the second leaf!....






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Thanks for the update Hector. They are all looking great!
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The corms are still growing very nice!....This time, I took 2 sets of pictures on the same day; one set of pictures at 01:00 P:M (Eastern time) and another set of pictures at 06:00 P:M (Eastern time) to see if there is any difference in the corms growth!....See it yourself!....


All pictures taken on February 21, 2017.....


Pisang Raja = Musa Belle corm!....

At 01:00 P:M....



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Ice Scream Blue Java corm!....

At 01:00 P:M...



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FHIA-17 "monster grower" corm!......

At 01:00 P:M.....




At 06:00 P:M.....





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My FHIA-1 TARS "real deal" Goldfinger!....It is growing really fast now!....Had put out 4 new leaves on the last 2 weeks!....2 new leaves per week!....Comparing to other 'nanas varieties that I had grew or currently growing, at the same growing stage (height, dimensions, etc.), The FHIA-1 TARS "real deal" Goldfinger it is going to be a very stout plant with a thick pseudostem!......







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Great Update Hector! The corms are doing fantastic! Thank you!

I wonder if I will see similar growth rates with my Real Deal Goldfinger? Time will tell.
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