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Old 07-24-2008, 11:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently traded for my first raja puri. Traded a Goldfinger pup for a single rp corm with two suckers. The corm was VERY root bound in a plastic pot. Sad but comical. Removed the suckers and transplanted. They seem to be doing well. Planted the corm as well. I was really surprised to see a third sucker. Very bound up in all the roots. Just a nub of a p-stem trying to break through. Separated it and put in another pot. Covered with dirt/compost. Just to hold it until I can transplant. That was five days ago. It is putting out leaves. I am really impressed with these bananas.
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Yeah, mine went from a rootbound TC plantlet to a 5 foot tall plant in 3 or 4 months! I would like a bloom...how tall do they get?

Will post progress pics tomorrow.
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Raja Puri stays on the smallish size. I think I've read under 10' normally. I'm growing it for the first time this year as well.
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I have had one for 2 yrs now. I lost the main pstem to rot early spring but still had a few pups to grow out.. I think one of the best that I have...But I haven't seen it bloom yet.
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Here is a year old pic of my Raja clump. It is a lot fuller this year and is very prolific. 2 weeks ago I cut down a good bunch of fruit, I have another bunch about 6 weeks old and a third bunch just finishing setting fruit. So on a clump with about 8 trunks, I had 3 in fruit at one time. It also pups like crazy. As for size, all of mine have fruited with a pseudostem about 6 ft tall. It is one of my favorite bananas.

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Nice yard Terry!!!!
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Beautiful clump!!!!!!!!!!!!They sure look healthy and happy.
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Beautiful clump!!!!!!!!!!!!They sure look healthy and happy.
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Updated photo just taken. Two new stalks in fruit.
The 3rd stalk with ripe fruit was just cut down and EATEN. If you look close, you can see how much it pups.

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WOW! Somebody sure had to expand that bed.

NICE mat Terry!
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Hey Ya'll,

VERY NICE. I have something to look forward to.
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This is an awesome clump! I really like the looks of this banana and it appears to stay on the small side.
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My four foot Raja lived happily,potted, in my basement over last winter. Very little light and almost no water.I repotted larger and placed it outdoors and it is doing great and pupping.I have never had that kind of luck with basjoo in dormancy. Now basjoo "sinks or swims" inthe ground.
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Some various Raja Puri pics of mine:










Wonderful plant!
Many report they are prone to rot.
Flavor is excellent.
Bloom to table time a little longer than average in my experience.
Peels are not thin.
Blooms for me at about 5-6' of pseudostem.
Yield as you can see is great.
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Is that over a foot of growth in a month?
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Yep, about 2 feet of growth in exactly 1 month!
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I gotta get me one of those next year!!!!!!!!
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Nice photos you all.
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Jarred and Taylor,
Your plants are FAT! Wow!

And Taylor, you're even in Zone 6-7! What are you feeding those things, steroids?

Thanks for the pictures, both.
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