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Old 12-14-2020, 08:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Royal Hawaiian (AeAe) Growth Updates Thread

Thank you Rene (Greenie) for dropping off this beast! I hope to grow it up into an amazing specimen!



Now, I just need to get it through winter without it dying. If the thread abruptly ends, you know why



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Wow... that a beast of a pup!
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Wow... that a beast of a pup!

Indeed! Rene said it should fruit next fall. But of course, he didn't account for the fact that a plant murderer was trying to grow it
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Joe,

I would not say murderer, I have seen posts of your other plants and they look amazing. AeAe from what I have read are very deliacte/finicky and that is why I am not spending money on it.
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I would not say murderer, I have seen posts of your other plants and they look amazing. AeAe from what I have read are very deliacte/finicky and that is why I am not spending money on it.

Thanks for the kind words!

Well, I am an AeAe murderer...... A hardened criminal.


So yes, I can say with certainty, they are harder than any other banana variety I have grown (so far) so it will be my personal challenge to not kill it/grow it into a beast.
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I got a nice Ae Ae from Rene this year. When the weather turned cold the big leaves browned up. Planted it in a sunny location and applied 6-3-16 - the "Super Fruiter" fertilizer.

Watering with fish emulsion solution and am waiting for new leaves to push. The trunk is still firm so no rot is happening. When things warm up later it should push new leaves and get fruit by late summer.
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I got a nice Ae Ae from Rene this year. When the weather turned cold the big leaves browned up. Planted it in a sunny location and applied 6-3-16 - the "Super Fruiter" fertilizer.

Watering with fish emulsion solution and am waiting for new leaves to push. The trunk is still firm so no rot is happening. When things warm up later it should push new leaves and get fruit by late summer.


Dan,


That is awesome!!! Getting back into it huh?! Mine looks absolute trash as well.


Hope it pushes soon for you, mine stopped but is now starting again. We can race them..... See sho can fruit theirs first. What do you say?

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Hey, “Joe Joe”! Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck with this one! You’re the only one I know of who has had so many AeAes! By the way it’s huge! I’m sure you’ll have have taller than you in no time! I’m happy for you!
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Hey, “Joe Joe”! Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck with this one! You’re the only one I know of who has had so many AeAes! By the way it’s huge! I’m sure you’ll have have taller than you in no time! I’m happy for you!


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Thank you! I have probably killed more AeAe than anyone you know as well

She seems to be pushing the cigar out more everyday! Hope to get out the leaf this week.
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Thank you! I have probably killed more AeAe than anyone you know as well

She seems to be pushing the cigar out more everyday! Hope to get out the leaf this week.
OMG! Just hilarious!

I’m glad to hear she’s already putting out a new leaf for you!
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How cold tolerant are these plants? Jus curious
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How cold tolerant are these plants? Jus curious

I haven’t really tested this.... but NANAMAN reportedly had them surviving into the low thirties with minimal damage. I am not sure about how much cold it can survive, but I would guess not as much as other varieties.
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Default Re: Royal Hawaiian (AeAe) Growth Updates Thread

Now I feel less bad about mine xD *says in quiet voice* (LOL)

Really though, I second the AeAe being so difficult. They really just don't take well to anything less than alot of sun and heat.

Good luck with yours! Still looks good so far, just a bit grumpy at the "cold"
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Now I feel less bad about mine xD *says in quiet voice* (LOL)

Really though, I second the AeAe being so difficult. They really just don't take well to anything less than alot of sun and heat.

Good luck with yours! Still looks good so far, just a bit grumpy at the "cold"


Thank you! It definitely looks like trash now but is still pushing the leaf.
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Short update... winter is definitely hard on this plant. Most leaves have died, however it has some shreds of green left on the newest leaf and a new one coming in..... Grow grow grow!


See the wimpy shadow the plant makes? Lol




Yes, the mirror is to reflect the sun onto the back of the plant

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Short update... winter is definitely hard on this plant. Most leaves have died, however it has some shreds of green left on the newest leaf and a new one coming in..... Grow grow grow!


See the wimpy shadow the plant makes? Lol




Yes, the mirror is to reflect the sun onto the back of the plant

I like the mirror idea, I have something similar.
It defiantly makes the plant look slimmer
It does do the job.
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It’s okay “Joe Joe”! You saw what happened to mine! Yours will be fine! Keeping my fingers crossed for you! Well, at least if it doesn’t do real well you can always get a new one!
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Yes, the mirror is to reflect the sun onto the back of the plant

Hey Joe..
Are you keeping yours outside this winter or bringing it in on cold nights only?
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Are you keeping yours outside this winter or bringing it in on cold nights only?

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I am bringing in on cold night nights but otherwise I am keeping it out. I always have it in full sun. Merry Christmas!
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I am bringing in on cold night nights but otherwise I am keeping it out. I always have it in full sun. Merry Christmas!
Thanks.. Merry Christmas to you as well!
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