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Old 12-03-2017, 07:54 PM   #21 (permalink)
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[IMG][/IMG]This is the vunamami I got midwinter in June as a plantlet.
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I have never even heard of vunamami but I like it nice coloration is it known by any other name?
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Nope, its an unusual variety from png. An AS diploid. Apparently they can be finicky to grow but so far so good.
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I want one keep me in mind when you get pups if its even possible to ship to the states from australia
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I still have them somewhere, will try and upload.
I would like to read them and add to my references on TC plantlets.
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I get my tc bananas like this:
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This is what I suspect Fla Hill nursery and a few other TC nursery/sellers do. Buy plantlets in jars at pennies per each; then divide & transplant to 4' plug trays for a few weeks then sell them.
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That's dicey at best.
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That's dicey at best.
Why is that???
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Why is that???

Because they're focusing on profit over product. They're buying stuff super cheap and holding onto it a minimal amount of time before selling it off. They aren't hardening the little guys enough, which ends up causing threads like this and an unhappy customer base

I bought from FL Hills once and got an aphid infested banana. I contacted them about it and never heard back. I then went back later and couldn't access my account so I tried doing a password reset and never saw any email so I tried to then contact them directly and still never heard back. Basically that business is dead to me
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It takes 2 - 3 weeks just to acclimatise the leaves to atmosphere and the root system is still pretty small. It would be minimum 2 months before Id consider them even remotely tough. But maybe with more high tech gear they can do it faster.
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It takes 2 - 3 weeks just to acclimatise the leaves to atmosphere and the root system is still pretty small. It would be minimum 2 months before Id consider them even remotely tough. But maybe with more high tech gear they can do it faster.
No ... your timing is about right. Plantlets out of the jar should be in plug trays for 3 to 4 weeks while they grow roots in a 80% shaded greenhouse and shading being reduced to 60% by 4 weeks. As well as being under mist system and folar feeding. ... Then be transplanted to 4 or 6" pots and move into a shade house with light misting to be acclimated to full sunlight for another 3 to 4 weeks.

It's the second part that Fla Hill nursery doesn't seen to do.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:56 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Your correct Druss! They do take a little time and care. I have received many from our research station USDA Tars in that same condition. In Test Tubes or Sealed plastic.

Florida Hills and others just buy from Agristarts. Anyone can buy them. You just have to buy a whole tray which is 72 plants. They are a already half hardened when the nursery receives them but they should harden them off further! Most times they don’t. The prices vary. You can go look it up. I know dwarf cavendish is only .40 or .50 if i remember right. Most other Musa TCs are .70 to 1.50. After you figure in loosing some, repotting, extra soil, pots, time, water, etc. Then of course Shipping. Sddarkman isn’t getting rich i promise! He is doing it the CORRECT way. If you order a goldfinger from him guess what you was delivered? A goldfinger! If he sold 5 different types and just shipped you a cheap dwarf cavendish with a goldfinger tag on it he would make a lot more! That is what most people do. Most likely you would never even know! If he did this like others he would make much more! But he doesn’t! He is a good, honest man! I sell pups and I have even referred some of my customers and friends to him! I would be happy with the plant in question. Unless it has some type of fungus, mold, etc then the old leaves doesn’t matter. The new leaf/growth is what’s important. It will recover and be fine. Small TC plants love humidity. So get a spray bottle and mist them everytime you walk by them. It will help them more than anything else you can do!! Good luck and keep us updated how they all end up. My Florida Hill experience was horrible. The plants they sent was not the plants i ordered!
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The prices vary. You can go look it up. I know dwarf cavendish is only .40 or .50 if i remember right. Most other Musa TCs are .70 to 1.50.
actually they are all over 1$ and some are now 2$
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My Florida Hill experience was horrible. The plants they sent was not the plants i ordered!
I went to the local ace hardware a few weeks back. they had a goldfinger and a sweetheart for sale. well they did not look like my gf and sw, the p-stem looked like gran nain. the stems were about 3 ft. high.
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I went to the local ace hardware a few weeks back. they had a goldfinger and a sweetheart for sale. well they did not look like my gf and sw, the p-stem looked like gran nain. the stems were about 3 ft. high.
I look for Ace to be helpful, at an elevated price, but certainly not the place to go to buy a variety of banana plants . And I certainly wouldn't expect the employees to know hoa to ID them
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I look for Ace to be helpful, at an elevated price, but certainly not the place to go to buy a variety of banana plants . And I certainly wouldn't expect the employees to know hoa to ID them
I like their stainless steel nuts and bolts. but while I am there I like to go to their garden dept.

went to a flea market last year and found banana plants with the prettiest p-stem, they said the bananas were dc's. not being to convince and not wanting a dc I went home to look closer at the p-stems of mine. they weren't dc, went back 2 weeks later and they were gone.

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Well for the past week I've had 6 of the plants under 30% UV reduction screen in a full sun area but I basically ran the screen over a trash can on one side and a wheel barrow on the other and the open middle screened section is where the banana containers were placed. The trash can is facing north, the wheelbarrow is east and there is no blocking structures east or west. I haven't been watering them but the soil still seems heavy after I first soaked them when I potted them over a month ago. I do mist them once a day or every other day if I skip once. The ones I put under the screen are showing more and more signs of sun scald on the leaves. Should I leave them there now and hope for the best or bring them back into my shady lanai that only gets slightly indirect light in the early morning like 7am to 11am? The ones I still have in the lanai (1 sweetheart, 1 praying haands and 1 goldfinger) look ok and not sunburned but I was thinking they'd be safe under the screen acting as a shade, and that my lanai (or indoors when it was cooler a couple of weeks ago) they really werent getting enough sunlight as I keep reading bananas LOVE sun. But just like every plant I try to grown here in Florida, nothing I grow ever does well in FULL SUN and I was specifically buying bananas to eventually plant in this full sun area.
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[IMG][/IMG]This is the vunamami I got midwinter in June as a plantlet.
What size are those containers and how old is that banana? I have mine in 3 gallon containers but the plants look tiny in those containers compared to yours. Hope mine get that big in the next few months but the growth seems minimal to none in the first month even though they are now outdoors. Maybe half of mine grew 1 new leaf in a month but a couple have shirvelled up since then. At this rate the old leaves will die faster than new ones replace them.
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put them in smaller pots so they dry out faster. so the roots will not rot. Add more perlite. No moisture control soil.
only move to larger pot when you see roots starting to show out the bottom.
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put them in smaller pots so they dry out faster. so the roots will not rot. Add more perlite. No moisture control soil.
only move to larger pot when you see roots starting to show out the bottom.
Thanks, so would going back down to 1 gallon pots be ok or is that even too big? It just seems odd seeing these tall plants in tiny containers. I guess bananas are an anomaly but everything else I grow the bigger containers are always better with new plants to give the roots a place to grow and not get rootbound. Usually smaller pots will limit the growth of the plant.
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