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Old 04-27-2017, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I first bought this guy around this time last year(4/23/16). I was in Miami with my wife for the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo (she does cake as a side thing) so we swung down to Homestead and hit up Going Bananas.

5/6/16 - I moved them into larger pots while I was still working on the island in the front yard. It was about 3-4 weeks before I got them into the ground. (left, Dusky Rose; middle Orinoco; right 2x Musella)


6/26/16 - Two weeks after getting it into the ground the flag leaf popped out.


7/2/16 - The next weekend and a few bracts are open.


7/2/16 - At the same time the first pups are peeking out from the mulch.


9/10/16 - Two months later, those first two pups are already blooming. There were two more showing their flag at this point.

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Old 04-27-2017, 11:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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New blooms just this week.


Shot of the full mat in the island.


Side angle view to show how thick these mat up. Including a few peepers, 21 stems in the mat.
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A few hands showing now. I decided to bring out the yardstick to provide a clear measure of the flowering height. As you can see these flower just under three feet.


When I went out to inspect the other two flowers today I noticed this one starting to show. He's a bit shorter than the other two, emerging at 25".
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Just when I thought the mat couldn't get any thicker.



I got back from vacation this weekend and the mat exploded with blooms. Including the three mentioned in the last post there are 8 buds in the mat.



I haven't seen any seed in a single banana yet, I guess the paper wasps that like to visit them aren't good pollinators.
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That is one nice mat of plants!!

And there is so many compared to your first post last year.
Amazing.
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