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Old 08-09-2006, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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here is a pic of my Dwarf Cavendish in the beginning of August... I'm still hoping for a bloom...
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Old 08-09-2006, 03:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It looks like that jpeg has been oversampled or overoptimized. Otherwise - beautiful DC! And big! Is it in a container or coming from the ground?

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that was planted in the ground in May...... here's what it looked like when I planted it...
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Excellent before and after shot! I imagine, oh, 10 more or so nanners in there would complete the tropical motif.

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that was planted in the ground in May...... here's what it looked like when I planted it...
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I thought DC was supposed to set bloom at between 5 & 6ft..... that thing is way over 6ft now... Should I be expecting a bloom soon?
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Wow you really grew a little tropical paradise there! Nice job.
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thanks, Mitchel...

here are a couple of other pics from my backyard.....
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If it gets much bigger, I'd re-identify that tree! Actually, they can get to 8' before fruiting, IIRC. It really depends on the conditions. Containerized trees will be shorter, and if it's shaded for part of the day it'll likely grow taller. Nevertheless - don't cut that pseudostem this winter! Tuck it in good for the winter and you may very well unwrap it in the spring to find a flower sticking out! Do you wrap your trees while in the ground or do you dig them corm and all up for storage over the winter?

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If it gets much bigger, I'd re-identify that tree! Actually, they can get to 8' before fruiting, IIRC. It really depends on the conditions. Containerized trees will be shorter, and if it's shaded for part of the day it'll likely grow taller. Nevertheless - don't cut that pseudostem this winter! Tuck it in good for the winter and you may very well unwrap it in the spring to find a flower sticking out! Do you wrap your trees while in the ground or do you dig them corm and all up for storage over the winter?

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Mike,

Last year I kept it growing in my polytunnel greenhouse...I'm getting a bigger one this year and I will probably keep it going as well (as long as it doesn't get much bigger that that.. If it does, I don't know what I'll do.. I don't want to let it die so maybe I'll dig it up and store it.
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I have a containerized nanner that's about at the limit for my greenhouse - if I plunge the container. And there's a couple more months to go yet in the growing season! I'll probably cut back on feeding, tho it's too hot to cut back on water. but, I wonder how well they do if... well... if they're crammed in a bit? Anything touching the glazing will likely die when it freezes, but the rest of the nanner should be fine. I guess I could cut it back a couple of feet - but I don't want to accidentally cut thru a flower stem if it's impending. That nanner may end up with a vertical tunnel greenhouse just for it... It doesn't stay cold here long enough to store the nanners, and wrapping them the winter because of only a handful of freezing nights just seems... wrong. So, I'll likely try to greenhouse it one way or another and keep it growing... When I get my saba's growing, then the winterizing adventure will really begin!

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Last year I kept it growing in my polytunnel greenhouse...I'm getting a bigger one this year and I will probably keep it going as well (as long as it doesn't get much bigger that that.. If it does, I don't know what I'll do.. I don't want to let it die so maybe I'll dig it up and store it.
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no need to worry about it freezing if it touches the glazing... Mine touched it all winter long , with outside temps around 20-25f , and it didn't even bat an eye... kept on growing like crazy...no leaf-burn or anything. I had this little space heater in the greenhouse keeping it about 65/55 day/night respectively and they did just fine... grew -but not too fast - but enough to keep it going... when I took it out of the greenhouse I almost had to pry it out. I've found that bananas love to be constricted and feel like they have to bust out of something...
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New York is really known for its ripe banana growing climate!! hehe. Really though, great job, extremely impressive. It makes me a bit embarass of my zone 10, California. I'm sorry I can't stop clicking on these funny banana-toons!
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Funny thing is that we really do have a great banana growing climate. (for about 5 months) with daytime temps from 85-90f and High night temps (75-80f) and high humidity... if ONLY it wouldn't drop so drastically in the winter
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Nice pics as usual Bobby. I really like your bamboo bench !
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I got it at a place called: "Key lime Products" in Marathon, FL (the keys).... I had it shipped to my house.
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Great landscaping pics.

What variety of bamboo is that next to the fence? I'm thrilled as I finally got a good size bunch of Bambusa Lako (tropical black) growing.

Marathon huh? My neck of the woods - been in that place.

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What variety of bamboo is that next to the fence? I'm thrilled as I finally got a good size bunch of Bambusa Lako (tropical black) growing.

Marathon huh? My neck of the woods - been in that place.

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Thanks, Terri...

The bamboo is called: "Golden Bamboo"... It grows to about 15ft tops and is cold hardy down to about 0f... It's amazing..... It stays green and tropical looking even when It's snowing outside....

I love the Bambusa Lako.. but I can't grow it here without protection... but, heck... I can't grow hardly anything that I grow right now without putting a greenhouse over it all when November comes - which I do every year.
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Very nice yard Bobby! If not for your stated location, I would have thought that picture was of a yard in Florida. The crotons were a deciding factor in choosing Florida as the likely location, because crotons donít do well in California.
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Bobby - gorgeous yard! I hope you get blooms soon!
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