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Old 07-22-2010, 07:43 AM   #21 (permalink)
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like from the movie jaws - i think you're going to need a bigger boat.....i think you need a bigger pot!
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like from the movie jaws - i think you're going to need a bigger boat.....i think you need a bigger pot!
I thought the same thing about the pot! It's one of my worries but I don't dare try to re-pot it now.
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Great job at least when it gets cold you can bring it in that pot. I planted all my bananas in the ground. i hope we have a warm fall and winter.
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Congratulations, Deb. Bringing it inside won't be a problem if they don't ripen by fall.
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Congratulations, Deb. Bringing it inside won't be a problem if they don't ripen by fall.
You're the trail blazer Taylor!!

Oh, my stuttgart you sent me afew years ago is finally firmly established outside. It was touch and go the first winter when I kept it in my 'too hot-too moist' room giving everything way too much love.. just about killing everything! I have two clumps of it now and it survived outside last winter covered with hay!! I love anything that doesn't have to be brought in!
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It's great exercise running in and out of the house but I probably should stop the quick touches and pokes!
Makes me feel better it's not just me going out in the middle of the night and 5 am to poke prod and stare grinning like a monkey


Chong , glad to hear things are looking up for you and you can still get home, no good salmon fishing or dungee's in Tenn. anyway!
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Makes me feel better it's not just me going out in the middle of the night and 5 am to poke prod and stare grinning like a monkey


Chong , glad to hear things are looking up for you and you can still get home, no good salmon fishing or dungee's in Tenn. anyway!
Wow! Talk about expectant parents!

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Matter of fact, just this week we got a couple of over 2-pounders of dungeness from Costco near Richland and as usual I got half a crab plus the crab butter and my wife had the rest! No matter, I also had two doubles of Glenlevit on the rocks plus she served me leche flan with ice cream afterward.
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Chong I would say that you're spoiled but it sounds like you both receive such happiness from each other!!

Bob have you SMELLED it??? I have seen various comments in the past from members about the sweet smell but now I KNOW!! It's wonderful! I actually stopped with both arms full of heavy groceries today in 98 degree heat to get in the best spot for the breeze to waft up under my nose!
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Cookiecows,

Nice looking banana mother + pups. I was curious what kind of fertilizer do you use and schedule? I have a dwarf orinoco in a large container as well (2 years old). I have not been able to get it to fruit yet, I was thinking maybe I was feeding it to much nitrogen.
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Deb, yeah I have finally smelled it and on Mitchel and Harveys advice have been tasting the nectar of the female blossoms... well worth it!

Chong... I'm jealous of the Dungee's since I havent had any in so long..... Ditto the Glenlivet!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:40 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Bob I thought I was going nuts trying to figure out where the scent was coming from if it wasn't coming from the banana! Then it went away so I thought, well maybe a breeze brought it in from somewhere. I just knocked off a bunch of male flowers this morning and smelled it faintly again while rustling the petals around.

Well I only have 4 nanas that look as though they're progressing and some that stayed stunted to a couple inches with no growth at all. I'm worried that even these 4 won't make it as they don't look at all like the photos of yours and Patty's.. health wise. I'm hoping that because they are a smaller fruit than yours is why they might look different. I'll take a pic later today. I'm going to go buy a couple huge pots at the end of summer when they go on sale as I want to try a larger pot for next years' hopefuls. When I start to get a little bummed about it, I remind myself that this is farthest I've gotten yet!
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Cookiecows,

Nice looking banana mother + pups. I was curious what kind of fertilizer do you use and schedule? I have a dwarf orinoco in a large container as well (2 years old). I have not been able to get it to fruit yet, I was thinking maybe I was feeding it to much nitrogen.
I believe they have to be around 2 years old to bloom. This was just a fluke I think that mine bloomed when it did as I give all my plants minimal fertilizer during the winter months in the house and this one bloomed before I could even start ramping up the feeding when I took it outside. I use whatever we have bought which a lot of times is miracle grow with something like 24/6/16. Not sure of the numbers but you get the idea.

Richard, among others have put out some amazing information on fertilizer in some of the older threads. I used to be more organized and would copy and paste info that pertained to my needs from threads to make my own files on my private documents so I wouldn't loose what I needed.

Edit: after thinking about it, I was wrong... I DID boost the fertilizer I think twice, about 3 weeks apart during early spring when it was getting close to going outside.
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Hi Deb,

WOW! I must say that is amazing...I never seen a banana so short actually flower. Congrats and thanks for sharing the pics with us. What a sight.
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WOW! I must say that is amazing...I never seen a banana so short actually flower. Congrats and thanks for sharing the pics with us. What a sight.
I know it looks funny! ... It'll be a miracle if my 4 little nanas actually ripen!
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Ok my 4 bananas are down to 3 and in the house now, 3 months later.


Here is a picture of another D.Orinoco that started blooming about a month or so ago and it was another stunted plant that we had to take large pups from in order to get it in a pot to bring inside. I don't think it's going to make it as you can see how fast the leaves have gone from healthy green outside to almost crispy. But I will stick with it until the bitter end!


The house is a wreck! Dining room table is pushed aside, Daughter plus toddler just moved in. This is my little bit of hell right now. Soon it will all be arranged and places found around the house for everything. Thank goodness for those 3 little nanas that are my bright spot!
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I feel so much better seeing your post Deb...... I'm not the only ( insert your own adjective! ) here. My house looks much the same and usually even more cramped and full of plants in the winter when I have to turn sideways to walk in certain areas. I'l post some shots here later since the porch is filling up and will be even more so by the end of the day
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I would never have thought I'd be picking a banana off my own plant here in Kentucky! My three little nanas are finally turning yellow. I'm in a delima as to when to pick, peel and eat now with just 3 to experiment with! I do have 8 on another DO that haven't plumped out all the way yet. Keeping my fingers crossed on those but they'll probably be going back outside in spring before they're even ready.
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Awesome, Deb! Color me green (with envy)! Wow! and you have 8 more on the wing!
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Awesome, Deb! Color me green (with envy)! Wow! and you have 8 more on the wing!
Oh it doesn't even seem real! I'm so excited! I just got a little IC so I can start branching out with a new kind as I'm just overloaded with only DO as far as edible bananas go. After Christmas spending is over I'm going to look for a dwarf pomegranate also to keep in a pot.

Hope all is well and you have a wonderful holiday season!

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