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Old 04-18-2018, 12:29 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Oh they can take it! When you TC Musa you take a tiny little piece of tissue and dip it in 100% denatured alcohol! 1:4 is the recommendation for TC also. And that tiny little explant soaks for 10-15 mins. Musa is a pretty amazing plant! I’ve hit pstems with a pretty good spray of roundup and they don’t slow down!

I eyeball it. I use an old “big” coffee can made of plastic. I bet I range from 1:4 to 1:6 or so. I have nothing bad here so I normally let it soak for 5mins or so. Incoming corms get pealed and soak for a good 20 mins. I’ve accidently left one overnight before and it never slowed down!

I’m not sure the exact ratio to kill say nematodes. I bet it’s not much! Think of how much they add to tap water, etc. now if your talking borers I wouldn’t touch bleach! I would boil the corms!! That’s the only proven method to kill them! I’ll take my grubs well done!

I have boiled some before! Just as a test! I think it said 15 minutes! I’m pretty sure I got scared and pulled it out at 10mins. Didn’t hurt the corm at all! And pealing a corm correctly wont even set you back! I can root a peeled coem just as fast as a non peeled corm in the proper conditions!
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I hope all goes well with it... As far as taste goes, I have not tried it but would put Paggi up against just about any musa for flavor... Now you need to get that one grounded so you can do a side by side with this one... and let us all know, of course.
TY...1:4? I usually go with a half cup in a couple gallons and it seems to burn the roots. I am scared to go stronger. (I swish em around in there for a couple minutes, though)

Thank you Steven!....That should be a very interesting comparison!....My Paggi should be transplanted to the ground soon!.......



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*****Tu'u Ghia Update!*****



Tu'u Ghia opened, unrolled the prior leaf!....She started to push out the new cigar leaf!...No signs of transplant shock!....She kept growing!.....Wooohoo!....



Pictures taken on 04/17/2018.......







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great pics of a trophy banana!

good thread there; show off.
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"The most hearty, fast growing, and keiki (pup) producing cultivar I sell is Tu’u Ghia (or Gia). It is also one of the most delicious, with a somewhat cinnamon, very sweet taste and creamy texture. Where other bananas wither away, a Tu’u Ghia can be planted in the same spot and quickly take off and produce. I have had one plant begin to flower in only 6 months! Tu’u Ghia, along with Mysore and Gros Michel, is one of the types I encourage everyone to grow. The plant is also quite beautiful, with dark green color and red petiole edges."

"Extremely rare! ..Delicious!...One of my favorites!....A very interesting and beautiful plant. The large bunches have long, thin fingers. The fruit is purely sweet, with a floral, fruity, classic banana taste and without any tangy flavor. Texture is creamy and silky. Originally from Papua New Guinea. The
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Tu'u Ghia opened, unrolled the prior leaf!....She started to push out the new cigar leaf!...No signs of transplant shock!....She kept growing!.....Wooohoo!....



Pictures taken on 04/17/2018.......








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Not really a big surprise that this plant is doing so well. Hector's Midas Touch never stops. My prediction? This plant will have had 8 pups and will have a bunch hanging by November. Looks great Bro!
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Thanks Mark bro for the kindly words!....


I started to transplant to the ground, the Nanas that you sent me last year!....I will update, post it in here soon!....


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Would someone kindly explain the use of sand and bleach?
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Check post 12, 15, 17, 21 on the thread......answers are there in detail....


1) The use of sand.....****Keyword*****AERATION!......I use pool filter silica coarse sand....It is not regular sand.....Pool filter silica coarse sand grits are bigger than regular/normal sand, therefore allows more oxygen to go to the corm, roots, etc.....Or you can use any type of "soilless mix" (sphagnum peat moss, rice hulls, coarse sand, perlite, etc.).....Also, weevils, nematodes hates any "soilless mix".....

2) The use of bleach......to sterilize the corm, plant or transplanting hole.....has been used in commercial plantations for years!.....




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Check post 12, 15, 17, 21 on the thread......answers are there in detail....


1) The use of sand.....****Keyword*****AERATION!......I use pool filter silica coarse sand....It is not regular sand.....Pool filter silica coarse sand grits are bigger than regular/normal sand, therefore allows more oxygen to go to the corm, roots, etc.....Or you can use any type of "soilless mix" (sphagnum peat moss, rice hulls, coarse sand, perlite, etc.).....Also, weevils, nematodes hates any "soilless mix".....

2) The use of bleach......to sterilize the corm, plant or transplanting hole.....has been used in commercial plantations for years!.....




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dang. here and I thought the bleach made the sand WHITER.

to much beer I guess
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Tu'u Ghia just opened/unrolled a new leaf!....She keeps growing fast!.....



Tu'u Ghia pictures taken on 04/24/2018....













*****I started transplanting the rest of the Nanas in pots to the ground!*****Thanks to my bro's Ty and Mark, who sent me very nice size plants/corms....As the Tu'u Ghia, I used the same procedures for the rest of the Nanas in pots when transplanting them....bleach on the transplanting hole, pool filter silica coarse sand, etc.....




Dwarf Nino transplanted to the ground on 04/19/2018....Nice size rootball!....














Dwarf Brazilian transplanted to the ground on 04/19/2018....Big size rootball!....














Paggi (GM Subgroup) transplanted to the ground on 04/24/2018....Nice size rootball!....Also, Paggi has 2 pups!...Definetely a Nana pup making machine!....Amazing!....














Woohoo!....Finally, the 3 amigos transplanted to the ground!....Dwarf Nino, Dwarf Brazilian and Paggi!....More Nanas to come!.....




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Old 04-25-2018, 07:14 AM   #32 (permalink)
 
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Nice pics and a great way to build a partially raised, very well draining plant bed.
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what kind of soil you dealing with there hector? see some what looks to be lime rock, guess that's old landscaping. your plants look fantastic. wish mine looked that good.
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what kind of soil you dealing with there hector? see some what looks to be lime rock, guess that's old landscaping. your plants look fantastic. wish mine looked that good.
Thanks Earl!.....Most of the landscape soil is a combination of sandy soil with just a little bit of lime rock, but not that much.....Soil is very loose, easy to dig in!.....


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Awesome read, Hector - you got the fever for sure!

Man, you and Ty are making me want to move this one to the top of my want list.

I also like hearing input from Rob and crew in HI. Interesting stuff to say the least. Those dudes rock!
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The Tu'u Ghia is disease resistant so does that include viruses like bunchy top? We don't have banana diseases in my region so I'm not versed but interested in learning and promoting awareness.
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Awesome read, Hector - you got the fever for sure!

Man, you and Ty are making me want to move this one to the top of my want list.

I also like hearing input from Rob and crew in HI. Interesting stuff to say the least. Those dudes rock!


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*****An Update!*****



Continuing transplanting Nanas in pots to the ground, next Nana on line was 1000 Fingers!.....I followed same transplanting procedures as the rest!.....




1000 Fingers transplanted to the ground on 04/25/2018....Big size rootball!....
















Tu'u Ghia, Dwarf Nino, Dwarf Brazilian, Paggi and 1000 Fingers are transplanted to the ground!.....




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Tu'u Ghia just opened/unrolled a new leaf!....She keeps growing fast!.....



Tu'u Ghia pictures taken on 04/24/2018....













*****I started transplanting the rest of the Nanas in pots to the ground!*****Thanks to my bro's Ty and Mark, who sent me very nice size plants/corms....As the Tu'u Ghia, I used the same procedures for the rest of the Nanas in pots when transplanting them....bleach on the transplanting hole, pool filter silica coarse sand, etc.....




Dwarf Nino transplanted to the ground on 04/19/2018....Nice size rootball!....














Dwarf Brazilian transplanted to the ground on 04/19/2018....Big size rootball!....














Paggi (GM Subgroup) transplanted to the ground on 04/24/2018....Nice size rootball!....Also, Paggi has 2 pups!...Definetely a Nana pup making machine!....Amazing!....














Woohoo!....Finally, the 3 amigos transplanted to the ground!....Dwarf Nino, Dwarf Brazilian and Paggi!....More Nanas to come!.....




*****An update is coming soon!*****
Maybe it's just me, but I had Paggi and mysore at the same time and nobody was eating the Mysore because the Paggi was so good. I don't even know what it tastes like fully yellow, none ever lasted that long. As soon as they fell off the bunch of their own accord, they were munched. Just wait until you taste it. Congrats on getting her into the earth.
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The Tu'u Ghia is disease resistant so does that include viruses like bunchy top? We don't have banana diseases in my region so I'm not versed but interested in learning and promoting awareness.
Nothing's really immune to it. I've had at least 1 Tu'u Ghia get it. Poisoned it and others right next to it weren't infected. So who knows, maybe it's somewhat more resistant than other cultivars. It doesn't seem too bothered by corm weevils, nematodes, and other rot issues that affect a lot of my plants.
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