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Old 09-13-2014, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Dwarf Namwah oddly tall this year

My Dwarf Namwahs have been getting taller over the last 2 years. In the past they have been on average 7ft tall when they flowered. This year, one of my 9 month old plants is already 14.5' tall.

Does anyone know what could have caused this and what affect this may have on my fruit this year?


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Old 09-13-2014, 11:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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It is normal that the second or third generation follower pups are taller than the original plant.
When you planted your original plant, a lot of energy went into establishing a good sized corm which now sends out the nice size follower pups.
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wow thats impressive and very interesting
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It is normal that the second or third generation follower pups are taller than the original plant.
When you planted your original plant, a lot of energy went into establishing a good sized corm which now sends out the nice size follower pups.
Thanks. That makes a lot of sense.
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wow yours really does look like my namwah, but mine isn't getting taller this year. Probably because it's in a very large pot.
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I bought a fake ice cream, just so I could get a Namwah (Probably tall), everybody was out lol. Hope mine look that good later.
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This thing is continuing to grow but still no flag leaf. Just thought I would share some more photos.




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Another update. The base is now at 80in and has begun to split.

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I would not look at the base for a possible inflorescence. The bunching of the leaves on the top of your earlier pictures are a better indicator for a soon to be expected bloom.
Looking good!
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Update.

Flower pushed through about a week ago. It is huge. Maybe twice as big as last year.
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Looks like I will be doubling last year's yield with 13 hands.

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Looks like I will be doubling last year's yield with 13 hands.

Great job.. Congratulations.
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Default Re: Dwarf Namwah oddly tall this year

Wow, 80" that's more than a 25" diameter... Amazing.

Can you take a wider photo of the base.

Thanks for the great posts.

BTW, normally measurements are taken at the height of 1 meter.

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So the measurement should be taken when the plant reached 1 meter and taken at the base correct?

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Can you take a wider photo of the base.

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So the measurement should be taken when the plant reached 1 meter and taken at the base correct?
Measure at one meter now
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Cinched tight at 1 meter I measured it in at 31 1/4 inches.

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This picture is what I am calling "eye candy".
Nice. Namwah (dwarf and tall) are usually very prolific, but it seems that this year quite a few people are lining up for the title "King/Queen of Namwah". You are one of them.
Do not forget to weigh the bunch when ready and to count the fingers.
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