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Old 07-06-2015, 10:43 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2015-06 Namwa count contest!!

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You still have unopened flower there.
Why stop @11hands?
The 1st 10 hands contain all female flowers (fruit fingers).
The 11th hand contains 9 female flowers and 7 male flowers.
The 12 hand contains 16 male flowers.
All the rest will be male, and thus the fruit count is 169.

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Are you going to let it mature on the tree?
To a point; e.g., when a finger or two turns yellow. Then I'll cut off the rachis and hang it up in the garage for further ripening.
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To a point; e.g., when a finger or two turns yellow. Then I'll cut off the rachis and hang it up in the garage for further ripening.
Namwah need to be watched closely when getting ripe. Their skins have a tendency to split.
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The 1st 10 hands contain all female flowers (fruit fingers).
The 11th hand contains 9 female flowers and 7 male flowers.
The 12 hand contains 16 male flowers.
All the rest will be male, and thus the fruit count is 169.


To a point; e.g., when a finger or two turns yellow. Then I'll cut off the rachis and hang it up in the garage for further ripening.
wOw!
I didnt know that.
No higher amounts of your Grow More Stimulant nor manure
will increase the number of fingers higher?

What can you do to increase the fill/plumpness...water?

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Old 07-06-2015, 11:46 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Namwah need to be watched closely when getting ripe. Their skins have a tendency to split.
Splitting is due to excess water during ripening?
What causes that extra plumpness
causing it to split open?

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No higher amounts of your Grow More Stimulant nor manure will increase the number of fingers higher?
The volume of the harvest is determined by several factors. I do not know of any approach to increase the production after the plant produces a bud.

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manure
I'm hoping you meant "nutrients", not manure. The latter has a fixed set of properties that are only a fair match to the nutrient profile of fruiting bananas.

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What can you do to increase the fill/plumpness...water?
They will plump out based on nutrients available in the roots and a continued source of water.

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Splitting is due to excess water during ripening?
It is due to properties of the skin in the Namwa cultivar.
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Thank you for the info!

BTW manure I meant nutrients.
I keep forgeting that GM Stimulant is a growth hormone.
Did you apply the GM Stimulant only after the bloom appeared or consistantly and throughout the growing phase of the plant as well?
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:18 AM   #47 (permalink)
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My Namwa and Temple banana plants have been receiving what is listed here and no Grow More Stimulant: Banana Cultivation In Non-Tropical Climates
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Whaaaaaaat?
You didnt use (Grow More Stimulant) the product
youve been promoting on your own crop?

I saw this on a thread you posted in Nov' 09...

When I make soil for myself I currently use:

2 buckets fine-grained humic compost (cooked and sifted greenery waste).
1 bucket Perlite (or Scoria -- for 20+ gallon tubs and long-term plantings).
1 bucket Horticultural Sand (this is 1/8 to 1/4 inch grain size).
1 bucket Sphagnum Peat Moss.
1 bucket Worm Castings.

Each bucket is 5 gallons and I use a clean cement mixer to mix it. The end cost is about $2 per cubic foot.
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Whaaaaaaat?
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youve been promoting on your own crop?
Re-read the thread on Grow More Stimulant. It is a foliar product for agricultural crops raised with negligible nutrient inputs.

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I saw this on a thread you posted in Nov' 09...

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1 bucket Horticultural Sand (this is 1/8 to 1/4 inch grain size).
1 bucket Sphagnum Peat Moss.
1 bucket Worm Castings.

Each bucket is 5 gallons and I use a clean cement mixer to mix it. The end cost is about $2 per cubic foot.
Do you still use this?

Thanx!
Yes, when I make a soil for containers. What I do for bananas in the ground is detailed here.
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Well I got my bag of fert. today, My nanners and I thank you very much Mr Richard!!
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I hung the 60-lb bunch (169 fingers) in the garage today to finish ripening.

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That's a lot of banana-splits. Nice looking bunch.
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About 1/3 of the fingers are ripe. Taking a few hands to CRFG meeting tonight.

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Looking good.
I harvested mine as well and they ALL ripened at the same time.
For the first time ever I have put them in my juicer and the flavor was absolutely amazing. Juice, banana ice cream (no dairy added) - Namwah heaven.
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