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Old 12-28-2008, 02:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone if there is a Banana that will flower and fruit in a large pot? I would really love to have something make fruit in a large pot.

On this note, does anyone know any other plants that will make fruit in a pot? I just added Blue Berry to my collection as it flowers in a pot.
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I don't know for sure, but I should be able to tell you by this time next year as some of mine will be in pots for their second season in 2009. I bought the largest pots I could get from the local HD and have noticed some real good growth since July.
I believe that with proper nutrition, water and sunlight it will be possible to get some to fruit. If not, then they will have a real good start to be put in-ground for 2010.
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Does anyone if there is a Banana that will flower and fruit in a large pot? I would really love to have something make fruit in a large pot.

On this note, does anyone know any other plants that will make fruit in a pot? I just added Blue Berry to my collection as it flowers in a pot.
All fruiting plants can be cultivated in a pot -- the issue is how much labor you are willing to put into it. It certainly requires reading: making sure you have a good soil type for container growing of the particular plant, making sure the size of container is correct, getting the feeding schedule down, pruning -- and in some cases root pruning.

You are in zone 9b. I have written informational guides for growing many different types of fruits in that zone, both in containers and in the ground, listing cultivars that are considered "best of class". You'll find them here: http://www.plantsthatproduce.com/guides/
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It surely is possible, I come from a region where I cant' leave many tropical plants outside in winter (like if that efer stopped me ) and I have already had a plentiful harvest from my Musa Acuminata var "Dwarf Cavendish". Hope this helps you a little.

P.S: Blueberries give you tripple or more harvest, if you place two different types, not the same type, in proximity (less than 10m). So, run and get yourself another piece, if you want to collect hands full of fruit...
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I got my first bananas (circa 1972) when I knew nothing about them. I saw them growing in St. Lucia. All of the fruit was shipped to the U. K. I was told that people there prefered slightly smaller fruit than what we usually got in the U. S., and that the variety was Gros Michel.
I brought a couple of corms (we called them "big bulbs" at the time) back, and planted them in half wine barrels. We had them in front of glass patio doors, in a finished basement. They grew well but, when they started to push the panels out of the suspended ceiling, we decided to move them to a friend's house, where they had an indoor pool. With the good light, and humidity, they thrived, flowered, and had fruit.
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All fruiting plants can be cultivated in a pot -- the issue is how much labor you are willing to put into it. It certainly requires reading: making sure you have a good soil type for container growing of the particular plant, making sure the size of container is correct, getting the feeding schedule down, pruning -- and in some cases root pruning.

You are in zone 9b. I have written informational guides for growing many different types of fruits in that zone, both in containers and in the ground, listing cultivars that are considered "best of class". You'll find them here: Guides -- Plants That Produce
Thank you very much! I will read through and see if I am still really wanting to try it out.
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It surely is possible, I come from a region where I cant' leave many tropical plants outside in winter (like if that efer stopped me ) and I have already had a plentiful harvest from my Musa Acuminata var "Dwarf Cavendish". Hope this helps you a little.

P.S: Blueberries give you tripple or more harvest, if you place two different types, not the same type, in proximity (less than 10m). So, run and get yourself another piece, if you want to collect hands full of fruit...
Really? I have the East cost High Bush, If I get a low bush will that work the same? I was thinking that I will need about 6 blueberry bush's to get a good amount of berry's. Thanks for this info, I had not clue but it does explain why the nursery has such awesome looking harvest.
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That is true of some, but not all varieties. For example, 4 "Sharp Blue" will produce as much fruit or more than 4 different high-bush types. Further, the fruit of this cultivar is excellent. O'Neal is another great tasting high-bush that doesn't benefit from cross-pollination.

Now that we're talking about high-bush and low-bush varieties, note that there is a third subspecies named rabbit-eye. To make matters worse, many wholesale growers (and websites) have mixed up the categories. In any case, I have found that the "true" rabbit-eye selections have poor quality fruit in comparison to "true" high-bush blueberries. The low-bush varieties are the prized varieties to have, but absolutely hate drying summer winds such as those we receive in southern California.
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I'll play a wild-card and suggest growing a miracle fruit bush in a pot. Talk about a crowd-pleasing berry!
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I'll play a wild-card and suggest growing a miracle fruit bush in a pot. Talk about a crowd-pleasing berry!

I have a Miracle Fruit seedling, one of the leafs fell off because I left it outside in the cold. But the darn thing has not moved what so ever. Do you have a good size Miracle Fruit? I have been thinking I should just spend the $85 bucks and buy a good size bush.
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Yea I have an old one, and its a great producer. I should have shown it to you the other day when you were here, but who knew..
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Does anyone if there is a Banana that will flower and fruit in a large pot? I would really love to have something make fruit in a large pot.

On this note, does anyone know any other plants that will make fruit in a pot? I just added Blue Berry to my collection as it flowers in a pot.
Almost all Dwarf versions in pots of 100 litres at least (chnage the soil every year at least once) and Cavndishes (Dwarf, Super Dwarf) in 75 litres. Checked, it works 100%.
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Worm Farmer, I heard that miracle fruit starts out slow & by 2nd or 3rd year it really takes off. Have patience!
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One of my suppliers sold off a pallet of 25-gallon blow-mold pots at $5.50 per pot yesterday. It pays to let wholesalers know you are happy to help them clear inventory.

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One of my suppliers sold off a pallet of 25-gallon blow-mold pots at $5.50 per pot yesterday. It pays to let wholesalers know you are happy to help them clear inventory.

Got any of those left?????? I'm sure I'm gonna pay an arm and a leg at The HD for a 20gal+ container for my dwarf.
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Shaggy (and others) Ask local landscapers if they have any containers they would like to get rid of. Many times these people install plants, and have to pay to dispose of containers, so they would be glad to get rid of a few. I, once. had a landscaper customer (I have a nursery business) who asked me if I could use any containers, and he brought me a dump truck full of them.
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I saved 20 for myself and sold the rest to a local nursery for quite a bit less than they normally pay.
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Thanks anyways Richard. and good idea john, I used to work in landscaping and never thought about that!
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Hey Logee's has those Dwarf Ladyfingers on sale...LOL
We run cattle and have to put out minerals tubs.. I am guessing but they are 35~40 gal. range..IF you have any ranchers around you might want to stop by and ask.. They pile up quick depending on your livestock.. I have given lots away and still have plenty for my self...
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