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Old 01-10-2018, 08:39 PM   #1501 (permalink)
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:37 PM   #1502 (permalink)
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Another one of them variegated bananas.

We were very lucky to have pruned all of the leaves on our bananas prior to hurricane Maria, 200 mph winds can do a lot of damage. When I see all the farms around me that were just destroyed it sure feels like it was a good decision not to be another victim. Amazingly we didn't have any bananas get bent or crash to the ground and this was the worst storm in 500 years to hit our area.

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Our internet service is becoming more reliable and we do have potable water now. What's really great is the government is ahead of schedule on restoring electricty to our area and should have power in May.

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That's amazing - a little preventative maintenance really paid off for the banana farm! Glad to hear you have stable internets and power coming in just a few short months.

I can imagine that generators or solar panels are in hot demand since people want to charge laptops and phones.


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Yeah pruning works all the time and I'm sure everyone in Florida did the same thing to prepare for hurricane Irma.

I'll let the group know when power is restored, I asked my neighbors to keep me updated so I know when to stop feeling sorry for them. It's gotta be inconvenient to be without electricity. Generator prices are crazy now, up about 400%. We were very lucky that city power never reach the top of the mountain so we decided to produce and store our own power. It's good to be lucky.

After the island lost power from hurricane Irma many neighbors wanted to learn more about producing electricity and I responded with "buy batteries", two weeks later 'Hello Hurricane Maria'. Producing electricity is cheap and easy but storage is what makes it convenient, you certainly can't run a portable generator for 7,000 hours, that's about 5,000 gallons of fuel.

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I can imagine that generators or solar panels are in hot demand since people want to charge laptops and phones.


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We've been very lucky to produce huge bunches of bananas for many decades without ever using chemical fertilizers.
Top mulch has always provided more than enough nutrients to produce perfect bunches.



Removed this sucker yesterday to improve the fruit filling phase.
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Kandrian flowering after 20 months. Fell over a few times and I'm amazed it's even flowering.

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Musa Aeae is blooming! Haven't heard of anyone else getting this far with this clone outdoors in Northern California-does anyone know if others have been able to produce mature fruit in this area?

We had an abnormally warm early february: temps near the 80's, which is unheard of around here! The weather has since changed and it's near freezing every night! No idea if these bananas will make it...probably not, but somehow, the flower bud survived the cold december and January, so maybe there's a chance:




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Congrats man! Amazing pictures as always! Made me sick to cut my AEAE and find a flower inside! It was right at 10’ so I knew it was close. Gonna push it harder this year. Doubt it will produce fruit but hopefully be able to see some variegated fingers. Awesome Job!!
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Wooohoooo!.........Congrats Mike!......



That it is awesome!.....Hopefully the 'AE AE' bunch make it!.....Spring time it's almost here!.....Keep posting updates my friend!....



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