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Old 09-29-2010, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Iíve yet to come across any poster on this site that actually has only one banana in their collection (unless the other 30 died in some sort of freak accident). I know some of the posters do this for a living. Others simply appear to be obsessed. Iím moving closer to obsession end of the spectrum. The only thing stopping me is climate and a lack of windows on the south side of my house.

Iím sure you people didnít end up this way overnight. Iíve shown addictive behavior since I was a kid. At one time I had nine aquariums in my parentsí basement. I had one 125 gal tank, one 70 gal, two 29 gals, four 10 gals and one 55 gal. The funny thing about the 55 gal was one of my parentsí friends gave me a 50 gal. I had to go out and buy a stand for it. Turned out the tank had a leak. Now I have a stand with no tank. Guess I have to go out and buy a new tank. No need to get a 50Ö.may as well get a 55 gal since it fits the stand. LOL. If I had known about bananas back then, I would be in serious trouble right now.

So what was your obsession growing up? Share the story of how you ended up this way. Feel free to start your post with ďHi my name is _____ and I am and addictĒ or ďforgive me father for I am an addict. Itís been _____ since my last confessionĒ.
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Funny you mention your aquariums. I am down to one reptile tank now.
Which I am trying to get rid off.
At one point I had a small reptile room with a number of tanks...
Anyone looking for a crested gecko in or around St. Louis? (Free)

Now just nanners for me.

It all started when I lived in Arizona. We had some orange trees in the backyard. I did some research and came across a company selling fruit trees/plants and spotted my first banana plant, got hooked as soon as I saw one. =]

Moved back to St. Louis and my mother purchased a Zebrina for me.
The next day I went out and bought a Dwarf Cavendish. One day later I found this site.

I kept those two plants in dirt over winter and planted out in the spring (2010) Along with a couple dozen more plants I picked up on C-List along with some TC's from jimmmy and plants from other forum members here.

This year I had 3 plants flower (none of which will be harvested).
There is no turning back now...

Yes I as most members here am addicted to bananas.
I am getting ready to go dumpster diving soon.
(All big and most other places throw out all non hardy plants =])

I would say turn back now...but since you started this thread I know it is already to late for you.

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Old 09-29-2010, 12:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I was in the same ball park acouple years ago with saltwater-freshwater tanks all my life! Was always into plants as well. have two tanks now and always buying more nanners,cactus or something My goal is to have ever nanner cold hardy to my zone in the end!!
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Funny you mention your aquariums. I am down to one reptile tank now.
Which I am trying to get rid off.
At one point I had a small reptile room with a number of tanks...
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I guess I should give an update. I too am down to one tank. I kept the 70 gal. I bought it from the guy who was supporting my habit. He was a pet store owner. I had been in there so often, we eventually became friends. When they went out of business, any tanks they didnít put in storage were sold for $15. I got a custom 70 gal for dirt cheap. I had his brother build me a custom wooden stand. When I moved to my first house, it was a 1200 sq/ft bungalow. I couldnít take most of the tanks with me. I only had room for one. My parents gave away all of the other ones. I actually wish I still had the 125 gal. I would like to try to breed motoro stingrays.


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Yes I as most members here am addicted to bananas.
I am getting ready to go dumpster diving soon.
(All big and most other places throw out all non hardy plants =])


I would say turn back now...but since you started this thread I know it is already to late for you.

Happy Growing!
This is genius. I never thought of this. Iíve been missing out.
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Justin, you overlook that you are the problem. You don't have too many bananas, you are just resisting the purchase of a house that is big enough, or a house that is in the right location. Both of these solutions are doable.
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You don't have too many bananas, you are just resisting the purchase of a house that is big enough, or a house that is in the right location.
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Justin, you overlook that you are the problem. You don't have too many bananas, you are just resisting the purchase of a house that is big enough, or a house that is in the right location. Both of these solutions are doable.

So I am not the only crazy guy around constantly thinking about a new home with a very big garden exoposed to the south, possibly in a tropical or subtropical enviroment...
That's make me feel better...
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey Justin, you are spot on. Banana plants are like Pringles potato chips, lol.
"Once you pop, you can't stop."

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Justin, you overlook that you are the problem. You don't have too many bananas, you are just resisting the purchase of a house that is big enough, or a house that is in the right location. Both of these solutions are doable.
No the problem is all of those people who got "interest only" mortgages and were surprised they couldn't pay the bill when the rate adjusted. Now that you can't walk 10 feet without bumping into an abandoned foreclosure, I find myself $100K under water. I couldn't move if I wanted to. This just gave me another thread idea for the off topic forum.

At one time we moved four times in five years. I seriously don't see myself going anywere anytime soon. I don't think I would survive it. This time we would have to move two kids.
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My name is JaNan and I am an addict! I don't know what is wrong with me and how I can control it. I am obssessed with BANANAS (of course or I wouldn't be here), Canna, Brugmansia, Dragon Fruit, Hibiscus, Plumeria, Roses, ANY Variegated plant!!!, ANY Purple flowering plant, ANY Salmon colored flowering plant, Horses, Chickens, Fish, Birds, Insects.....is there anything I am NOT obsessed with? yeah! Snakes!

Justin I have turned two aquariums into seed starters, and incubators (I have fish now outside in a small pond and my rain catchers). Just a thought HA! HA!

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Ive always loved tropical plants! When I went to florida when I was younger, the first thing I would look for is palm trees. One or 2 palm trees in my own backyard sufficed then, but one day I was bored and I tried to figure out if there were any palm trees that would survive my climate. Well when I found out that there were, I looked you lots and lots of info about them. It was about 4 years ago that I started to grow really tropical plants, but its been only the last 2 years that I have grown a really large amount of them and unusual types. Ive also had palm trees in the ground for 2 years. Before this summer I only had 3 banana plants since others have died along the way, but as of right now I have 11! I have....
2 Musa basjoo
2 Little prince (each have lots of pups!)
A dwarf cavendish
A super dwarf cavendish
An ice cream banana
A thai black banana
A musa velutina
A Musa saba
An Ensete Tandarra Red
So thats 8 new banana plants in about 3 or 4 months! And those definitely arent the only plants I have bought! Last year I had a lot of plants and this year I have twice as many, maybe more! Next year I plan on putting a lot of the bananas and many other tropicals in the ground for the summer.
Every year the collection gets bigger. It started with a quick search online, but the love for tropicals was always there!
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No the problem is all of those people who got "interest only" mortgages and were surprised they couldn't pay the bill when the rate adjusted. Now that you can't walk 10 feet without bumping into an abandoned foreclosure, I find myself $100K under water. I couldn't move if I wanted to. This just gave me another thread idea for the off topic forum.

At one time we moved four times in five years. I seriously don't see myself going anywere anytime soon. I don't think I would survive it. This time we would have to move two kids.
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Justin, if you ain't moving, then adding on is your only option. I confess, I haven't moved in 25 years, and both kids grew up only knowing this one house. We did add on quite a bit, but the bananas are all outside, even so. I actually admire people spending the time and effort to grow a banana where it shouldn't ought to be. I was introduced to this insanity years ago when I saw a pix of a guy in St Louis with about 20+ banana pseudostems laid out on his lawn (most 8-10 feet tall) after dragging them out of his basement, and getting ready to plant them in the spring. I don't see myself being that devoted.
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My name is Patty & I'm a nanaholic, citruholic & palmaholic --& any plantaholic.
I, like Palmtree, love the tropical look. I started with local flowers, then palm trees - citrus- bananas- dragon fruit - & many others. I had a 10 gal aqaurium that someone gave me so I bought 5 small angel fish & they started breeding...hence my addiction to breeding & tropical fish. I sold them to local pet shops & aquariums. Jarred has a nother forum on tropical fish but I never went there YET cuz I've been busy & afraid I'll get hooked again. Got rid of fish around 10 yrs ago. Been into my plants & home remodeling.
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