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Old 08-12-2011, 03:26 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Vickie it is a small hydoponics system. Here is a thread on here where we post. My Aero~Garden... I like trying things in mine that others don't try. I start a lot of tree seeds in it. I have attempted banana seeds, and this is the first banana pup I am trying in it.

A water sucker is kind of short and fat with nice leaves, a sword pup looks skinny with skinny little leaves. There are several threads that show pictures of them side by side. When they get a little age to them you can't tell the difference.

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Musa Monkey how many have you rooted that way, and do you not keep them in water after they root?

At least half a dozen. I only use this method to get pups to grow roots.
Once they have rooted i pot them up and grow them on as usual.
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I finally found this you all might like to read it? I am looking for more.

Growing a banana tree in a pond

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hydroponic bananas in the hydropond | Hydroponics: The Science of Water-based Horticulture

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Vickie,your banana in water looks really good. The one you sent me
back in early spring is doing really good. Has a pup on it.

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Good Marie. Glad it is doing well in your pond.
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I think I'm going to have to try this! I have pups of different kinds coming up and I have an obsession for growing things in the 18 gallon tubs LOL! Would love updates on everyones and once I get some going I will post pics!
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It doesn't look very good, but I think it is adapting.



I cut the brown leaf off this morning.



But it has grown some roots and the new cigar leaf looks ok so far:



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I put a banana in yard dirt and set it in a saucer of water. Then after a couple of weeks I set it in a bucket and made the water a little higher up on the pot. It was not a big pot either, maybe 8-10 inches across the top of the pot. I used hose water and sometimes pond water to add water over 2 months time as I raised the water level. I did not aerate it whatsoever. I did not change the water it evaporated fairly fast in the summer heat. Then after two months I set it in a shallow pond with no pump or aeration with about 3 or 4 inches of water over the top of the pot.
Vicki, you're my Aqua-Banana hero! I've been wanting to do this for a long time, but there's just so many other things to do in the yard, I forgot about it. I will definitely go get a SDC to try out. Home Depot sells them in tiny pots for around $6. Please help me with the following questions:

[1] You have the banana in a regular black plastic pot (with drainage holes), and put this pot in a bucket, and place this bucket into the pond. Does this bucket have holes?

[2] If you use potting soil, won't it all leak out and contaminate your water with chemicals?

[3] How deep is your plant in the pond? In other words, what's the water level on the trunk, a few inches above the roots, a foot?

I may use pebbles instead of dirt/soil.

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Want them all- I used a pot with holes a nursery pot like any plant would come in maybe 8 inches across. I set it in a bucket of water after I had it in a saucer of water for a while. I used yard dirt and no fertilizer for a while . After 2 months of slowly raising the water level up to the top of the pot I then placed the pot in the pond. One has maybe 4 inches of water over the top of the pot. I only feed it pond tabs while it is in the pond. And not that often there is plenty of fish poo to fertilize it. I will take pics tomorrow. and show the pot it now sets in. And roots are everywhere in the water it is feeding well. I put it in a bigger pot this year I will try to measure what size it is in now. This banana is getting bigger then my original dwarf cavendish. Maybe this pup is something else. LOL The dwarf cavendish has less water over the top of the pot maybe. I will take pics.

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Here is big banana pot size 12" wide 11" deep water is low in that pond so you can see the roots



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Old 09-01-2011, 12:24 PM   #32 (permalink)
 
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2nd water banana 12"wide pot 11" deep pot, 3 inches under water

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Pup off smaller water banana pot size 6" across and 7" deep- small pup smaller pot here you can see the roots come out of top of pot in a matter of 2 weeks or so after planting. It seems to be doing well. I have 2 others with hardly and roots hoping they will grow some while in water

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In the tropics, the water table is sometimes only a few inches below the soil surface. It does make sense they can tolerate seasonal flooding in their native warm ranges. I am curious if Musa can be submerged year round.
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Sorry to bump such an old thread, but when I joined i was shocked to learn that conventional wisdom is "don't grow bananas in water". When I bought this red banana three years ago, the nurseryman told me "Bananas are bog plants. Just drop it into your pond". So I did...and it loves it! FWIW, I have never fertilized or watered this Banana except when it is inside for the winter. Of course the fish take care of part of that. From spring to fall it sits in this pond and never gets touched.

I do plan on repotting soon however...root-bound I am sure! (another Newb mistake!)

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So the important parts here are O2 (most important) and fish for fertilization? Does this make the banana grow faster than it would in regular potting soil? This sounds quite a bit like aquaponics.
Here is a thread that works off of fish poop..

GreenFin Gardens: High Tunnel Aquaponics
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Thats AWESOME VIckie - please tell us more!!

How deep are the tanks you are growing them in?
I see goldfish and waterlillies in there too, that's very cool too!

I have a 1 foot deep concrete pond out back, a previous owner of the home built it, but it only gets maybe 3 hrs of sun a day, and I don't think thats enough for the bananas ...


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Here is the origional one I bought in the summer of 2007 this pic is of this year


this is the one I started myself this is this yr pic
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they are still going strong this year
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As we push through winter I'm starting to think about what I will do with my bananas this Spring. I have a dwarf red and a faux blue java that are both in fairly small pots. Both of them have done very well over the winter (California has had mild winters the past few years) and have continued their growth, although slowly. I have a 10 gallon mixing tub (Plasgad Medium Mixing Tub-887101A - The Home Depot) that I had planned on using as a grow bed for an aquaponics setup that never materialized. I'm thinking of getting another one so they each have one, hooking them up to a reservoir and filling them with gravel as a grow medium. I'm thinking a flood/drain system would get plenty of oxygen to the roots and keep them very well fed/watered.

How much water do bananas generally suck up in a water based growing system?
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I grow my water bananas in my watergardens all summer. Then in the fall I put them in my basement under shop lights and setting in water. I have done this since 2007. In the winter they are still in their pots of dirt setting in a couple inches of water.
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