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Old 07-08-2019, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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thought i would post some pics of the progress through this season
here are some pics as of july 8 2019
the basjoo in with the black raspberries is the same one i posted a pic of in HMelendez's thread back when this tiny pup looked like a TC









i loaned out a LOT of plants for the season to make space and so i could concentrate my attention on the remaining big ones

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so here are my newest plants all bought spring of 2019

this one looks a little hurting as it was just dug up when i bought it... it has rooted now
it is an unknown at this time but it is from a good local source



this one is on the mend as well
it did not like the transition from greenhouse to my backyard in the early spring
lacatan:


this one was labelled "ice cream" hopefully it is namwa:


this is thai black:


this one is a dwarf green:


dwarf iholena:


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also i put this in the container section but i did put a few small plants in the ground
one being the basjoo in the first pic of this thread and here are a couple more

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looking fantastic greenthumb. and since I have both blue java and namwa I vote you have a namwa, at least from this angle.
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i loaned a few larger banana plants out.. this was probably the largest
drove really slow on side streets with it in the bed of his pick-up truck

anyhow i went over there today and saw a flag leaf!





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thought i would post some pics of the progress through this season
here are some pics as of july 8 2019
Your tropical garden is filling out nicely.
Amazed at the pollinators you have about.
Beebalm looks like it will be in full bloom soon and full of bees and butterflies.

And the bananas look awesome too.
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Your nana's are quite impressive, all your hard work shows
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i loaned a few larger banana plants out.. this was probably the largest
drove really slow on side streets with it in the bed of his pick-up truck

anyhow i went over there today and saw a flag leaf!





Bump....nice.

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thanks Christine
i cannot take credit for the flowers.. that was my Mom
i plan to plant some monarda at my place up north though

saw a woodpecker on my banana plant one morning but by the time i got the camera it was gone

got some pics of a hummingbird back there the other day


more pics once it is light out... i just got back from a trip to lake huron






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here is how the lacatan is doing:


and the new mystery nanner


also JP gave me a tiny mystery banana plant.... pups like crazy... stays very short
here is a happy one


the thai black and "ice cream" are side by side and in a race


after the thai black put out a leaf almost double the size of the previous one
the "ice cream" did the same thing


the nearby orinoco decided to join the race


the basjoo is surrounded by ripe black raspberries


bee balm/monarda and bananas




i stood on the arms of a chair and reached up to take this pic
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stopped by my friends place and took pics of the flower

i will make a post about this in the identity help section in a couple months

edit: this has been identified as Dwarf Cavendish by Gabe15
thanks Gabe !







a wasp was checking it out



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How are the grow bags working out for you? What size do you use or recommend? I'm picking up a banana plant today and will transplant it to my grow bag until I can find space for it.
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fabric pots make it much more difficult to transplant/re pot and move
the bigger ones pictured are 30 gal
i did buy some 65 gal ones on sale but have not used them because they will not fit through a standard doorway
next spring i have some plans for loaning big plants with them as the containers
then i would dig them out in the fall and keep them in a smaller container over winter
another thread made me realize they mostly need lots of soil in the summer and less soil makes it less likely to overwater in the winter

more to the question i do not know the size of youre plant but i found even tiny pups dried out fairly quickly in a 1 gal fabric pot
small plant might need 4 - 15 gal (my smallest fabric pot is 13.5 gal)
once it is over 3 foot pstem it could likely use a larger container
approximately.....
so if you get youre plant and it is only a few inches tall go for the 1 gallon
baby it but let it dry out a bit between waterings too
if it is a couple feet tall total height you may want the 4 - 15 range
same watering directions
everyone does their thing a little way different though
there is another thread with giant plants in tiny(relatively) containers in australia

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fabric pots make it much more difficult to transplant/re pot and move
the bigger ones pictured are 30 gal
i did buy some 65 gal ones on sale but have not used them because they will not fit through a standard doorway
next spring i have some plans for loaning big plants with them as the containers
then i would dig them out in the fall and keep them in a smaller container over winter
another thread made me realize they mostly need lots of soil in the summer and less soil makes it less likely to overwater in the winter

more to the question i do not know the size of youre plant but i found even tiny pups dried out fairly quickly in a 1 gal fabric pot
small plant might need 4 - 15 gal (my smallest fabric pot is 13.5 gal)
once it is over 3 foot pstem it could likely use a larger container
approximately.....
so if you get youre plant and it is only a few inches tall go for the 1 gallon
baby it but let it dry out a bit between waterings too
if it is a couple feet tall total height you may want the 4 - 15 range
same watering directions
everyone does their thing a little way different though
there is another thread with giant plants in tiny(relatively) containers in australia
Very informative. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Yes thank you so much for the information. You would think they would be easier to transplant as you can just carry them anywhere. I currently have my papaya plants in 15 gallon grow bags. I like them but I do have to water quite often as the top always seems to dry out fast.
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what i would do going up in size from a 15 or so...
is roll down the sides to halfway or further
then tilt it 90 deg and push with my knee on the bottom of the container while pulling on the rolled down sides

it is a wrestling match compared to a hard plastic container which i would put one arm over the soil near the stem... then flip it over 180 supporting the soil with my arm...
then pull on one of the holes at the bottom of the pot
if it doesnt slide off easily you can roll the pot on its side or push on the sides a bit
slides right off... much easier

warning... growing bananas is addictive!
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so after all that advice i was looking around in the backyard and i have plenty of plants which do not have the container size i recommended

i just separated some pups... tried the coarse sand method on a couple of them for the first time
they were very tiny plantlets
we will see how it goes

this pic is from a couple weeks ago and i meant to post it
rapid growth on the gran nain split the pstem at the base


and more bird visitors at the monarda yesterday:


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Everything is looking awesome!.....Beautiful pictures!....The coarse sand method should work!....I have been using it successful for years!....I always add/added perlite to the coarse sand!....







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Beautifull. Bananas and yard look amazing. Cant wait till mine look half as good.Thank you for sharing
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i dug up this photo of the bananas going for a ride to their summer home


also from the spring....
this plant was used at a scratching post


i was searching around for pics of the tall namwa hopefully and thai black
namwa is the smaller one on the left and the thai black is the small one on the right
the namwa was bigger then


now the thai black is taking the lead:


i rubbed some wax off to show the dark colours more
the namwa hopefully has more girth


the lacatan is interesting looking... different from the others i have


the longest leaf in the garden is the newest to unfurl on the dwarf iholena

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