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Old 07-24-2021, 09:42 AM   #81 (permalink)
 
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Congratulations! I knew the pumpkin fertilizer would be the key. Haha.
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Woohoo! The bloom is out! I peeked! I couldn’t help it! I saw only a couple fingers on the edge of the first hand... but they’re fused! She’s the real deal!!!!









Look at that color!

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That's a beautiful flower!
Looks like the bunch won't be that high off the ground either
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A couple hands are out so I could get some pictures. It’s already a favorite with the local bee population









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Absolutely incredible. I'm all cocky and am thinking mine will fruit next year. Lou spoiled me....
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Very impressed with the bunch. I am looking forward to trying them!



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Old 08-12-2021, 11:27 AM   #87 (permalink)
 
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Beautiful! So neat and compact.
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Agreed, that looks beautiful! Can't wait for mine to flower one day
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Whew I missed alot.

Both are looking awesome

And congrats 'nanner Joe
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Congrats BBJ!

Fantastic looking bunch!
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Wow! That is so cool.
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Old 08-14-2021, 09:48 AM   #92 (permalink)
 
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Awesome looking bunch! Congrats!!
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[quote=Backyard Banana Joe;343664]A couple hands are out so I could get some pictures. It’s already a favorite with the local bee population

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I wonder what banana flower honey tastes like?
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I wonder what banana flower honey tastes like?
You got me wondering the same thing now, lol.
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Banana "nectar" or "honey" actually tastes very good. Both male and female flowers have nectar. You have to fight the bees for it though. Riots over who has the right to the nectar can get rather fierce
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That is a very cool pic, so orderly
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So what was total time for flower??
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Since it's the beginning of the month here's an update on mine. I'll also follow up next month.

The newest freshly opened surfboard is huge and actually slightly bigger than anything the taller Orinoco has put out so far.
How big can Praying Hand leaves get? Anything bigger than these 6 footers is going to blow my mind

It's main pup is becoming a monster and putting out it's own mini surfboards and getting in the way of the mother plant.
It's girth is already getting close to the mother plant as well.







Closeup of the main pup next to the mother plant



The other pup is also nice and fat



A wider shot showing
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Since it's the beginning of the month here's an update on mine. I'll also follow up next month.

The newest freshly opened surfboard is huge and actually slightly bigger than anything the taller Orinoco has put out so far.
How big can Praying Hand leaves get? Anything bigger than these 6 footers is going to blow my mind

It's main pup is becoming a monster and putting out it's own mini surfboards and getting in the way of the mother plant.
It's girth is already getting close to the mother plant as well.









Closeup of the main pup next to the mother plant



The other pup is also nice and fat



A wider shot showing
Blue Java, 1000 Fingers, Praying Hands, Orinoco

Plant(s) look great! My praying hands is likely the most impressive grower in my collection. From TC to 9 or 10 ft overall in 2 months.. its a runner for sure.
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Plant(s) look great! My praying hands is likely the most impressive grower in my collection. From TC to 9 or 10 ft overall in 2 months.. its a runner for sure.
Thanks! And yes that's for sure!
TC -> 10ft in 2 months is unreal

No doubt if I removed the pups from the mother plant mine would have blown up like that too.
But now I'm expecting at least 2 bunches next year lol
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