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Old 06-10-2022, 11:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hiya Where is everyone at? Share some pics

Haven't really seen anyone post pics of their Bananas/Collection this year.
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Old 06-10-2022, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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wow nice farm. lots of bananas
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Nice. Any fruit from the VC yet?
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Nice. Any fruit from the VC yet?
Not yet but I'm expecting a flower soon since I've been growing it since last year.
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Your bananas look great! Especially considering the heat you have been getting! I was curious do you grow any other fruit trees?
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Your bananas look great! Especially considering the heat you have been getting! I was curious do you grow any other fruit trees?
I used to have a massive Meyer Lemon tree that gave me hundreds of giant grapefruit sized lemons (no joke) but it was killed by the 2021 Texas Winter Storm

I've planted another Meyer Lemon tree but it will take years to get to the size my old one was.
I also bought a Navel Orange & Variegated Pink Lemon tree.

I also like growing Melons & Watermelons every year but this year the heat is too intense I'm not getting anything so far.

Also tried growing a peach tree once but the bugs quickly went after it. They would eat the leaves and ruin any fruit. I would have to be spraying it with insecticide for it to work so I gave up on growing peaches.

Thankfully the bugs leave my Bananas alone, only thing that bothers them sometimes are caterpillars making holes on new cigar leaves
I have to keep an eye out for my seedling bananas though.
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And for proof of my grapefruit sized lemons - here's a picture I had taken
tangerine, apple, orange for scale

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I used to have a massive Meyer Lemon tree that gave me hundreds of giant grapefruit sized lemons (no joke) but it was killed by the 2021 Texas Winter Storm

I've planted another Meyer Lemon tree but it will take years to get to the size my old one was.
I also bought a Navel Orange & Variegated Pink Lemon tree.

I also like growing Melons & Watermelons every year but this year the heat is too intense I'm not getting anything so far.

Also tried growing a peach tree once but the bugs quickly went after it. They would eat the leaves and ruin any fruit. I would have to be spraying it with insecticide for it to work so I gave up on growing peaches.

Thankfully the bugs leave my Bananas alone, only thing that bothers them sometimes are caterpillars making holes on new cigar leaves
I have to keep an eye out for my seedling bananas though.
Sorry to hear about your lemon tree, that really stinks. Freezes can be really devastating for tropical fruit tree growers.

I hear you on the melons! I still have yet to figure out how to grow them in Florida, have to start them super early and wait to put them out when the weather warms up because if I plant seeds end of February it gets too hot and dry. Timing is everything here. Is summer the rainy season for Texas like it is in Florida? I was so surprised by how dry it is here in the spring but as soon as June comes it's near daily thunder showers.

I love that bananas have few pests as well.

ETA: Those are massive lemons!!
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Is summer the rainy season for Texas like it is in Florida? I was so surprised by how dry it is here in the spring but as soon as June comes it's near daily thunder showers.

I love that bananas have few pests as well.

ETA: Those are massive lemons!!
No, it's the opposite here.
During February here the entire month it's almost always raining.

Then during summer like right now we only get rain every now and then but it still stays very hot and humid. I have to water my plants constantly.
However we do get hurricane season toward September and rain picks up some.
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i used to have a lemon tree that grew lemons that size or maybe larger, freeze also got it but not before producing a number of them. sold to as a ponderosa lemon.
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Oh yeah I've seen those Ponderosa Lemons they're massive.
Meyer lemons make the best lemonade though
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This is so cool! Lovely collection
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I used to have a massive Meyer Lemon tree that gave me hundreds of giant grapefruit sized lemons (no joke) but it was killed by the 2021 Texas Winter Storm

I've planted another Meyer Lemon tree but it will take years to get to the size my old one was.
I also bought a Navel Orange & Variegated Pink Lemon tree.

I also like growing Melons & Watermelons every year but this year the heat is too intense I'm not getting anything so far.

Also tried growing a peach tree once but the bugs quickly went after it. They would eat the leaves and ruin any fruit. I would have to be spraying it with insecticide for it to work so I gave up on growing peaches.

Thankfully the bugs leave my Bananas alone, only thing that bothers them sometimes are caterpillars making holes on new cigar leaves
I have to keep an eye out for my seedling bananas though.
Looks great Valor!

While most of my citrus trees died completely or mostly stopped producing due to Citrus Greening, my Meyer lemon tree has remained wildly productive for like a decade HLB+. It probably has 200 lemons on it right now haha

I can hardly get any peaches, Barbados cherries, or tomatoes before the birds and squirrels get to them but they do leave the bananas alone, thankfully!
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very, very good start. you dont say what they are???????????????

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Thank you, yes on the left is tall Orinoco and on the right is Thai black. The rest I will have to get better pics of lol. I'm here in North East Texas so hopefully I can get something to bloom before winter.
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Those raised beds in the boxes look great. Love the neat, clean, symmetrical look. Lot of effort and it paid off. Much easier to keep the St. Augstine out of the banana patch and under control.
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