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Old 07-22-2008, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looks like my Ae ae is going to flower for the first time. It was cut in half back last winter to fit in my Polytunnel ,so the top of the stem is not very fat so I am thinking the flower will be small.

Not sure if its a UK first or not ? any other members know of any others?

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I am off on my hols tomorrow so it will be nice to see how its grown in the two weeks away
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Congratulations. I'd say it's a flower.

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Old 07-22-2008, 04:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Congratulations, Mark, though it's a bit sad with the story of the lost pups.

Time to have a wake!
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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way to go Mark i looked at the pics you mite be suprised it could still pup looks like it needs a bit more light! besids cuting it back last year what do you atribut to its not gaining more size they are naturly vary tall Bananas reching up to 20 ft in there native habitate? what do you feed it thers a nice thread on here and i dont rember the tital about Ae Ae growing i think it was in gorga and if i rember rightly the guy had to treat his with and im not sure this was right but AMONIAM NITRAIT
to bring up the viger of the plant made it turn all green for a certing pirod of time but thats all vary sceachy and i wouldint recomend it untill you find the thread im sure its under AE AE or some such noncens i know Meda Hound is familure about it i rember him chating in the thread as if he new the guy well
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Congrats Mark, Have found out yet whether your the first in the UK to flower one?
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congrats! if its the first to flower in the uk you might make the garden society and the newspaper.
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Wow Mark - nana envy big time!!! How can you bear to leave her - bet you don't see any where you are going!! Enjoy your holiday and keep in touch.

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Congratulation on the flower Marc.
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Way to go. Great job. Red
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Congrats! I'd be really surprised if you don't get pups off of this one now.
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Here is a link with some updated pictures of what I saw when I returned from my hols.
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The pictures are on the second page.

I still don,t know if any other has flowered on in the UK or Europe or not.
They are still quite rare this side of the water.

I am not sure with our colder climate how long it will flower for. It was suggested to try cross pollenating it but the only other banana I have in flower is a Musella Lasiocarpa and I am sure that wouldn,t work

Sould I continue to feed it while its in bloom or just leave it to see out its days with just water?
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I've been feeding mine contunually since it flowered in June. It has shot up two more very small pups. That makes 4 and one looks to be solid white.

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That is just beautiful! Big time banana envy here too!!

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Excellent job, Mark! Now I've got to catch up to you and Steve. Maybe next year if I'm very lucky!
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I've been feeding mine contunually since it flowered in June. It has shot up two more very small pups. That makes 4 and one looks to be solid white.

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Great pics. Now I know what an AE ae is. Is it a fruiting banana? where do they originate. Never saw them in our garden centers.
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Since reading this thread, I joined the UK site just to see the comments. Looks like everyone is as happy for you as we are here. Quite an accomplishment, I am sure that you are proud and deservedly so.
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Not sure if they originated in Hawaii or not, but the story goes that they were reserved for eating only by Hawaiin royalty "back in the day". They are difficult to propagate and remain rare to this day. Check out the photo gallery and you'll find several pictures under the Variegated section. It is a fruiting banana. It can either be cooked or eaten raw if allowed to fully ripen.
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I hope for you it will make enough new pups! but congrats with the flower and I think you are the first one in the UK, maybe even the first one in whole north western europe?
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Thanks Guys. I have contacted David Constantine and left a email with him asking if he knows of anyone in the uk who has flowered one.

I will let you all know the outcome.

As its only a small plant I am not expecting much in the way of fruit and I doubt the summer will go on long enough to ripen them.
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