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Old 05-23-2007, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just updated my album with my Pitogo blooming progress.
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I would like to hear your comments.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So exciting! These produce pretty interesting shaped bananas.
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I hope they'll fill and mature ok. My old cavendish never managed to fill the fruits. Now for the Pitogo, the time is perfect and I have at least 5 months of warm weather before cold. I also hope that is not mislabeled.
Any advice if is there something I must do in this phase?
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I just went out today and put liquid fish and liquid seaweed at the base of my blooming plant.

I keep the hose nearby and water it throughout the day (its burning hot here at times).

Leave the pups on it for now, don't kill any roots.
Some growers like to top off the pups (you know, like behead them) to restrict their growth at this point but I can't bring myself to do that with mine!

Leave any green leaves on the plant, don't cut off any dying leaves that still have moisture or green in them.

You can also cut back any old dry parts of the pseudostem to reveal the green chlorophyll behind. This will obviously assist with additional energy production, too.
But only cut off totally dry material, leave the part where it's not dessicated yet.

Pad the mat with old leaves and compost.. it does a few things including retaining moisture by blocking the drying winds and sun, it adds nutrients, and block weeds from making the nutrient rich mat their new home.

Give it a hug every day.

And pat yourself on the back for all the patience and hard work.

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Do the pups contribute to flowering stem with energy production?
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hello, new here, been lurking a bit, wanted to post to congratulate Nikos on the bloom. For me pitogo seems like a slow grower, so it is exciting to see a flower spike, eventhough it is not mine. Goodluck and please keep us updated on the progress.

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I'm not sure I remember anyone showing a bloom all the way through the stages of opening in one post. Very good idea and I'll check frequently for updates so I can see the progress!
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