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Old 07-15-2010, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I dug this DO out of the ground last fall and overwintered in the house but kept in the pot hoping for a bloom this summer, which I got. The plant is small as I had chopped it back to bring inside and then it was choking so badly by spring that I started pulling outer leaves back and one of the pups is now as tall as the main plant. My thinking was that if I could get fruit I could carry it into the house at the end of summer to let it hopefully ripen.

I'm wondering if I should take the pups off ... or does it matter?


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Wow Deb! Congrats!


I read that leaving the pups intact for awhile actually strengthens the mother plant. Bet your tall puppies have some good roots by now.


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I'd leave it intact. :^)
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I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!!!
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Congrats, very exciting!
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Niceeeeeeeeeeeee. And good timing too! Might be ripe before the cold snaps it.
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Very cool Deb!!! Interesting ... I had the same trouble with some of mine getting choked off that were cut off and not actively grown over the winter?
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Very nice, Deb! Geez, the weather must be really great in your area. I know that you're in KY, but I was being considered for a similar job in Oakridge, TN, just south of KY, and I opted for the one in Richland, WA where I could drive home on weekends. Now, I wonder how my plants would have fared over there (in TN).

I have had a DO that I've had for 10 years and last year grew over 4 feet, then died last Winter. Wish I could have brought all my bananas inside, also. I lost many plants this past Winter. Even though it was relatively mild. These include the ones that survived over the past 8-10 years. I brought a few of the survivors to my temporary home in Richland, WA where I work during the week. They are scraggly looking still, except the Gros Michel that was kept right next to our living room sliding door in the greenhouse, but they are responding well to the 85°F-102°F weather there. I had hoped to replant them a couple of weeks ago, but dang it!, work keeps getting in the way, not to mention the yard maintenance at the house there.
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Niceeeeeeeeeeeee. And good timing too! Might be ripe before the cold snaps it.
I'm going to .. well I mean my husband is going to carefully carry it indoors before the cold hits and keep my fingers crossed!!
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Very nice, Deb! Geez, the weather must be really great in your area. I know that you're in KY, but I was being considered for a similar job in Oakridge, TN, just south of KY, and I opted for the one in Richland, WA where I could drive home on weekends. Now, I wonder how my plants would have fared over there (in TN).

I have had a DO that I've had for 10 years and last year grew over 4 feet, then died last Winter. Wish I could have brought all my bananas inside, also. I lost many plants this past Winter. Even though it was relatively mild. These include the ones that survived over the past 8-10 years. I brought a few of the survivors to my temporary home in Richland, WA where I work during the week. They are scraggly looking still, except the Gros Michel that was kept right next to our living room sliding door in the greenhouse, but they are responding well to the 85°F-102°F weather there. I had hoped to replant them a couple of weeks ago, but dang it!, work keeps getting in the way, not to mention the yard maintenance at the house there.
I remember when you lost your plants!! Such a terrible thing to have happen especially when you've had them for so long and I know you don't have common plants.

So glad to hear the employment issue is resolved although it must be very trying to only be home on weekends and maintain two homes. I looked Richland up on mapquest and it looks like you are really out in the boondocks! We used to live down river on the Oregon side in Troutdale when we were first married.

Oakridge, Tn is 3 hours south west of us. We live about 40 mi. from the Tn border.

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Cool! How old is the plant? How did you overwinter it (temp., water, light)? I put mine outside this spring, and it's doing really well. This is it's second year, and I had it growing the whole time inside, so maybe flowers this year? Good luck with yours!
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Cool! How old is the plant? How did you overwinter it (temp., water, light)? I put mine outside this spring, and it's doing really well. This is it's second year, and I had it growing the whole time inside, so maybe flowers this year? Good luck with yours!
We put them in the ground in the spring time and dig pups up in the fall with a couple full grown plants that I cut down and keep them all in pots in the house. The one that bloomed this year that I kept in the pot is on it's 2nd year. I didn't do anything special with them inside this winter. In fact I cut down on the artificial lights as I had problems with it becoming too hot in the room. I did buy a better humidifier that turns on and off with a thermostat and bought a cheap table top thermostat that told me what the temp in the room was and the humidity level so I was able to better control that. Oh I have an oscillating fan in the room too. Other than that, I watered as needed and only fertilized maybe once a month during the winter as I couldn't have them growing sky high inside.

Thanks and good luck with yours too!!
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This really is so exciting, Deb. I can't wait for a closeup of the bloom!
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This really is so exciting, Deb. I can't wait for a closeup of the bloom!
Thanks!! I can't wait to get out there in the morning and wish I could get to bed right now but have a couple grandchildren on their first night here that just can't seem to fall asleep.
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Congrat's Deb..
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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!
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