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Old 07-08-2007, 02:03 PM   #361 (permalink)
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Mine stayed green, never pushed up a new leaf and finally died. I emailed Brian about it staying green but never got a responce. I'm disapointed with it.
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Old 07-08-2007, 07:43 PM   #362 (permalink)
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I just got Siam Ruby from Plant Delights nursery today. I believe they will be in the Fall catalog. After seeing a largeish one in person, it is a spectacular banana, and they have it planted so its the first thing you see when you drive in their driveway. I don't remember the unintelligible noises, sounds and or words i used when I saw it.

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Terry, Post a picture of it, please... I think this plant is just awesome to look at no mater what stage it is at. When I first got mine, it didn't appear to have any red, then a little, then a little more etc... If it truly is a variant, that would make it even cooler!!! I thought about trying to get my hands on the Siam Green ( cool lime green color), but I just don't have any more room. BTW, Jarred's is probably bigger than mine, the last pics he posted looked great! I refuse to give this thing any special treatment, same as any other potted naner I have ( full sun, water, soil mix, fert, etc..). That means anyones Siam should look great, given a little time and TLC!
Brian ... Can we get somes details on your fertilizer & potting mix? The pix of your Siam are amazing! I've got red, I've got growth, I've got pups - but those babies are huuuuge!

BTW, one of me pups are showing the same red pattern as the original - but one is looking like it might decide to go the lime_pistachio_green route. I could definitely live w/that!

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Mine has done the same as Iwabirds. It has grown out about 4 tiny little leaves none of which were red and now it has not done a thing over the past several weeks and is now wilting and dying. I don't know what has happened here. Does anyone know how I can contact Brian and see about getting a replacement.
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Whats great pictures!
Mine looks like that, but with one stem.
Not any bigger than Nanaman's.... we're about on the same leaf, lol..

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Brian ... Can we get somes details on your fertilizer & potting mix? The pix of your Siam are amazing! I've got red, I've got growth, I've got pups - but those babies are huuuuge!

BTW, one of me pups are showing the same red pattern as the original - but one is looking like it might decide to go the lime_pistachio_green route. I could definitely live w/that!

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Diana, I use about 50% Jungle Growth potting mix, 40% composted cow manure, and about 10% added vermiculite, plus a few handfuls of Pre Plant Plus 7-5-7 organic fert. I fertilize about once a month with whatever I have on hand at the time, some times palm fert., some times 10-10-10, miracle grow, etc... I water them every day, sometimes twice a day if its really hot, which it usually is. In colder climates this mix may hold too much water and cause rot, so be careful and adjust accordingly.Here in S.Fl. my potted plants show signs of water stress after 2/3 hours in direct sun. I realize this may seem like special treatment to some, but it is how I start all my potted naners. I would assume that most banana enthusiasts do something similar to this routine, and that should be sufficient! Potting a banana induces some stress on the plant, ( reduced root zone size) , so IMVHO, I believe it is imperative to start out with the best potting mix that you can! I hope this helps, BTW, I also would like to see an all green pup pop out, or even something in between!
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Here are some pics of what I have seen out of Siam Ruby. I have put the name Siam peridot on the lime yellow to green form. This is named after a lime green gem stone. The other form seems to be like most variegated plants blotches of red on top of the lime yellow leaves.
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Brian, are 1/2 red 1/2 green ones consistently that way or just on some of the leaves? If they are consistently that way on every leaf, I would love to get my hands on one of them!
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From what I can tell it seems stable. I am not yet sure how stable. It may revert one way or another. I am growing a few out to see what they do.
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Mine lost several leaves to spider mites recently, happened very quickly before I caught it. It is still only about 6-8" tall, but seems to finally be picking up speed and size only now. Any time the nights drop into the 50's (which happened as recently as last week) it seems to stop growing and take a while to start again. It is far more sensitive than anything else I have.

On a side note, the pup it came with is now almost the same size as the mother, and my bet is it will overtake it and be the larger plant very soon.

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Help. I am glad to see that so many are doing well but mine just will not grow and continues to wilt everyday. It never has produced any red leaves and is still only about 8 - 10" tall. I need to contact brian regarding this so if anyone can help me I would appreciate it.
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A photo of your plant will help determine what may be the problem. In a lot of cases people over fertilize small plants or keep them overly watered. Not to mention bugs and other pest that are often over looked.
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The young Siams do seem to be very vulnerable to overwatering - I had to 'watch it' when watering when it first arrived. After it had a chance to develop/grow, this eased up considerably.

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When I first recieved my plant I paid a lot of attention to it and it did grow slowly. I was one of the first to recieve one at least according to who posted that they recieved theirs. Now at this time of the year I have treated it like any other banana I have and it seems to be doing very well. I water it every other day and fertilize it every other week. I've still not planted it in the ground because I plan to grow it inside for at least one winter until I have more than the two I have now. I wish everyone the best of luck with theirs and even though I'm jealous of Bananamans pics I love to see what mine will look like in a couple of weeks. He seems to have a good head start on me.
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I have given it water only when the soil seems to be dry and like I said at first it did fine but as the new leaves came out they were all green with no red and then it just stopped growing all together. I am sure it is not a watering issue because I have been very careful about this. I got an Ae Ae about the same time and it is doing very well with the same treatment. I don't know what the problem may be.
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