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Old 07-01-2013, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question too much weight

I'm in SW FL growing dwarf cavendish outside. My problem is, aside from having too many bananas (7 stalks, gotta be 1,000 bananas). The first one to fruit started to lean as they grew bigger and eventually snapped. I had to use a hacksaw to cut it out. The bunch of bananas has to weight 50 pounds. I don't think they were ready to be harvested, so I have them inside where it's 78d and I have them sitting up on a chair with good airflow, in a shaded area. I'll give it a week and see what happens. I have another one leaning. I was going to buy a couple of 2x3's and make a support brace but now a third is starting to lean. This all started from a 2 inch plant a few years ago, I moved it to the back yard from a large pot out on the lanai. It fruited once in the pot but they didn't make it to maturity. I have 2 questions. Is there a better way to go about supporting the tree. Perhaps somehow putting a band around the stalks to give them more strength. Like united we stand, divided we fall?. And does anyone know of a large banana hanger that can hold the whole bunch of bananas, about 3 feet long and up to 65 pounds or more? Thanks!

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Old 07-01-2013, 09:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Grow the dwarf variety most do not need supporting
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I am using 1.5" PVC pipe with two 2 T-shaped pieces on the top sides and a 45 degree elbow in the middle all on a padded rope. Inflorescence rests on the elbow and gets support right there. Will try to take a photo for you tomorrow, but I saw this at Encanto farms.
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I second "Crazy's" (sorry, he did not leave his first name ) suggestion of using PVC irrigation
pipe instead of 2 x 4s or other lumber. It is easily stuck together (no glue!) and disassembled. Pipe
and fittings can be re-used, when different configuration is required and it is cheaper than lumber..

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crazy banana, can you take a wider pic showing the entire tree. Does this go around the tree, does it go in the ground?. I tried to get a pic today between downpours, as soon as I can get one from the phone to the computer I'll post one.
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Got fruit, do I support it, when and how?

is the support good?

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Here you go..., just plain 1.5" PVC pipe. It does not go around the tree, the top pieces build the bridge between the two legs and they are on a thin rope loosely hanging around the top of the banana plant (see 2nd picture in earlier post) to give it some stability in case of wind.
Bottom can be adjusted to the length you need. My plant in the photo is a Blue Java and the inflorescence height is at about 12'.
Jon from Encanto farms even recommends the 2" pipe for more stability which might be a good idea for you in case of Florida hurricanes.

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2 x 4's are much stronger, cheaper, and easier to adjust for plants of different heights.

I drill a few 1/2" holes spaced about a foot apart at the end each board, and use a 3" piece of 1/2" rebar as a pin to form an "X".

The pin and/or legs can be moved to adjust for height.

Simple, cheap, and strong.

The plastic tubes are too weak to be used in windy areas and have always seemed silly to me.
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2 x 4's are much stronger, cheaper, and easier to adjust for plants of different heights.

I drill a few 1/2" holes spaced about a foot apart at the end each board, and use a 3" piece of 1/2" rebar as a pin to form an "X".

The pin and/or legs can be moved to adjust for height.

Simple, cheap, and strong.

The plastic tubes are too weak to be used in windy areas and have always seemed silly to me.
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Thanks, I'll have to make a trip to home depot.
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If you look around on youtube at the various ways the commercial plantations do it you will be amazed. Some have cables that they attach to and others will string together plants.
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Someone better Email the commercial plantations and tell them they are using the wrong support apparatus
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You post pictures of everything else why quit now.. :^)
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