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Old 09-08-2009, 06:05 PM   #121 (permalink)
 
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hahaha, that was my neghbor feet and his feet tere dirdy and grose
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Well, I'm glad it finally arrived. I was hoping Mem.D wouldn't delay shipping, but it looks like it made it there without getting broken! I was stressed because its 50 inches.

If you haven't already potted it up, give it a good rinse with the hose. If you have already potted it, soak it down real good. I dont know if you can still see the old soil-line? Just above the roots, where the Pink meets the Green, that is how deep it should be. You know its deep enough if there is no white material showing above the dirt.

Looks like the leaf grew six inches in transit. Bananas are amazing plants. You can trim off the black part of the emerging leaf, it will look a lot better and the next leaf should be out in no time.

The sun is heading into the southern sky this time of year, I always have to move my plants to face the south to maximize sunlight hours. This is going to sound silly but, you should probably find a spot where the leaves have some shade and the pot is in direct sun. The idea is to keep the soil warm and promote faster growth of the roots. Either way, should handle part shade or full sun just fine. And it should also be good outside until the night temps get down to the low-fourties. Anything less than 40-45 you should probably make plans for indoors, at least at night time.

Keep us posted with your progress Blake!

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I will, just potted it today

It was so big that I had no big pot to put it in, so I cut a 60gal drum in half drilled a bunch of holes.










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Blake, the depth looks perfect. The advice the other members gave you about watering is good, you should keep the corm dry when its stored through winter. But right now, its still warm enough to grow and it needs water. Go easy for a couple weeks, just water when the top 2in of soil feels dry.

The drum idea looks great, and it should have no problem growing in there until spring. I know it gets cold in SC, how do your plants do in your green house?
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The drum idea looks great, and it should have no problem growing in there until spring.
Thanks, It will do good in the pot I think its BIG enough. The onley problem it that the whole thing is about 400 pounds!!!!

Ime not sure on how to move it but ill try my best... hand trolee, forcklift, lol. and how to get it out of the pot...??

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I know it gets cold in SC, how do your plants do in your green house?
This is a new greenhouse that I just built, Ime gona put a heater in it at 60-67F. Ime gona build a door and a window to put on it to seal it up from the winter. And maby some lights???


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Mine is gona change in a wile as soon as my nanners are looking top of the line.


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Ime not sure on how to move it but ill try my best... hand trolee, forcklift, lol. and how to get it out of the pot...?
To move it, a handtruck will work.

I can think of three ways to get it out of the pot in spring. Before you do, try to dig the hole about the size of the barrel.

1. You can cut the barrel, but if your like me and would rather save it for later you have two other options.

2. Let the barrel dry out pretty good, but not bone dry. Then, carefully lay the barrel on its side, dont worry bout the leaves. Get your neighbor or a friend to hold the barrel while you wiggle the base of the psuedostem with both hands. You should let the person with the barrel end pull while you remain still.

3. You can lay the barrel on its side. Lay down next to it and lay the psuedostem over your chest. With it on your chest, grasp with both hands and put your feet agaist each edge of the barrel. You should be able to carefully push the barrel off. And with the plant on its side, it should be easy to roll it into the new hole.

I know the pot is heavy, but when your ready to pull the banana you will be surprised to see a lot of the dirt remain in the pot. This why it is important to let the dirt dry out pretty good, because the dry dirt will help to hold the root ball together better. When you lay the pot on its side, the rootball may even come out without force. I have taken much bigger plants out of pots, and its scary at first because leaves tend to get broken but thats ok they will grow back.

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To move it, a handtruck will work.

1. You can cut the barrel, but if your like me and would rather save it for later you have two other options..
I like this one, I can get HUNDREDS of these.

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2. Let the barrel dry out pretty good, but not bone dry. Then, carefully lay the barrel on its side, dont worry bout the leaves. Get your neighbor or a friend to hold the barrel while you wiggle the base of the psuedostem with both hands. You should let the person with the barrel end pull while you remain still.

3. You can lay the barrel on its side. Lay down next to it and lay the psuedostem over your chest. With it on your chest, grasp with both hands and put your feet agaist each edge of the barrel. You should be able to carefully push the barrel off. And with the plant on its side, it should be easy to roll it into the new hole. .
hmmm which to do... maby #2

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I'd love to change mine too.. The only problem is that I have no pictures to change too!! Lost house,garage,rehab buildings and ALL my plants not to mention the greenhouse and all my antiques,daughters dog burnt over 85% of her body , etc. etc. etc., all to a fire that the neighbor 4 acreages away let get out of control and walked away without calling for help.... And GOT AWAY WITH IT!! As soon as I can get something I think avatar worthy I'll replace mine too!
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I'd love to change mine too.. The only problem is that I have no pictures to change too!! Lost house,garage,rehab buildings and ALL my plants not to mention the greenhouse and all my antiques,daughters dog burnt over 85% of her body , etc. etc. etc., all to a fire that the neighbor 4 acreages away let get out of control and walked away without calling for help.... And GOT AWAY WITH IT!! As soon as I can get something I think avatar worthy I'll replace mine too!
Hmm... What about those huge pups Pete (Lagniappe) so nicely sent you? Did they die, too??
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WOW! First off, I'm super glad you and your family are okay! That's the most important thing (other stuff is replaceable...but still unfortunate to lose). I'd sue that neighbor! That's totally reckless and negligent to let a fire get out of control and not call for help! They should have to pay for the damages done to your property! That's not right at ALL! Sorry for everything you lost, but once again...glad you guys are okay!
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Yes Pete did send some pups and they are really nice... We were living in a small single wide trailer up to just recently and I was unable to pot them up so they have stayed kinda small since all the pots I had to put them in were from a few friends but, nobody had big enough pots and money is tight . I just started back to work and was able to find some affordable pots so up they went and hopefully some pics. will follow soon! Thanks again to Pete(Lagniappe) I couldn't have been so surprised and pleased with his total kindness!

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Thank you so much for your kindness!! Yes, I too am glad none of us were in the house at the time.. We did loose a few rehab animals and a cat of ours had burnt feet and legs, but my daughters dog was the worst! She spent over 5 months in the Purdue University burn unit and had lots of skin graft surgeries etc. She is doing as well as can be expected and we are just happy she is alive! My daughter is very attached to her! Some things are Irreplaceable but there is nothing we can do. Got the garage built last weekend and started shingling today.. Hopefully we can finish shingles next weekend and then side.. I agree that they (the neighbor) should pay for the damages and in a perfect world they would have come forward and done just that but, we all know we don't live in that perfect world and they denied all of it even with evidence and we really dont have the funds to sue,let alone the energy!
Thanks again for your nice thoughts!
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Almost 3 years later (from when I got it)......





The original Ice Cream 'Blue Java' had 1 pup in the late summer of 2010 and then died in the winter of 2011. Now that one pup that survived is going to be turning 2.5 years old here soon and guess what?









The 2.5 year old pup (not a pup anymore) is flowering!!!









Its bitter sweet though because I won’t get to see it fully mature and develop the bananas because of my climate. When it starts flowering male flowers should I just cut it off? Maybe even cut off 2/3 of the bananas to to help speed it up?






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