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Old 11-27-2008, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Here they are! I hope they ripen up soon...



I have since cut off the bud.
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Did you have to cut the bunch due to your weather?
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Yes, we have had multiples freezes in the past week.
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Old 11-27-2008, 01:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You need to move or build a giant greenhouse!

Those will ripen but it looks like it will take a while.
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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We have a greenhouse, but I don't think I would get much more from a potted banana in it.

Who knows...I am just happy to have gotten this far!
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi Taylor, when did this show a flower?
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:50 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Taylor, you better change your signature line. My weather is just cool so my bunches are still making progress, but it doesn't seem like much. We might get lucky and avoid freezes for another 5 weeks or more, but then can come any time. I have light green garbage bags over my bunches so that provides some protection.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Taylor that's awesome!! I hope, I hope, I hope they ripen!!

Hey I left my Stuttgart I got from you in a pot since it was late in the year and it's in the house doing ok waiting for spring. It stayed small but I did get one flower. Thanks again.. I can't wait to plant it in the ground!

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Old 11-28-2008, 10:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How tall was it when it flowered Deb? Mine that are in the ground flower at about 9-10 feet.
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:09 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Well the tallest one that flowered was only about 3 1/2 feet when the bloom opened up. Just one ... it was a race against time with the cold coming on.

And yours are 9-10 feet! I can't wait for that!
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:41 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Some of the leaves are 3 1/2 feet long! But just like AeAe they burn up in the sun.
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Patty, the bud "fell" (headed for the ground) on July 21st.

Congrats on your bloom, Deb. Mine get to 8-10 feet every summer too, but the leaves do get burnt, so try to put it in at least 25% shade...any more would slow the plant and blooms.
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You know I didn't think about the leaves being sensitive to the sun. Thanks Mitch and Taylor for mentioning that. Since I can't have an AeAe in my zone, this is my substitute for something large with the beautiful white/green leaves.

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Patty, the bud "fell" (headed for the ground) on July 21st.

Congrats on your bloom, Deb. Mine get to 8-10 feet every summer too, but the leaves do get burnt, so try to put it in at least 25% shade...any more would slow the plant and blooms.
Glad that you got them harvested. You hit it right on the nose, too. I am impressed! Good job!
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:11 AM   #17 (permalink)
 
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nice taylor! which variety is it?
(is your avatar from your city?)
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It is California Gold.

Yes, that building is in my city.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:42 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I was in Virginia Beach 2 years ago for a citrus expo - held at the Aquarium. Got to see that fantastic lights display along the coast! Nice place & friendly people.
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:55 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Belated congrats on your fruit, Taylor. You guys that go through all of the work of digging up your plants to over-winter them really make me appreciate being in zone 9 and a little less envious of the zone 10 folks!
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