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Forum: Banana Plant Health And Maintenance Topics 08-06-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Are these Corm Borers??

I have zero expertise in this area ... but can say they (banana root borer weevils - Cosmopolites sordidus) are ubiquitous in my patches and probably all over the island (Oahu). My bananas grow just...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-20-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Spacing help

Not the varieties or spacing you want, but I can tell you about trying to combine tall and dwarf Brazilian. I was trying to switch two patches, and to make gentle transition, tried putting dwarfs in...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 08-14-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Musa Manzano Fruiting (zone 6b)

Good luck - in Honolulu my "apple" (Brazilian) plants take about 5 months I think.
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 07-08-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Sorry, Blue Java is a letdown

Agreed. Except what you are doing - freezing for smoothies - does show off their finest trait. I happened to have a rack of the usual tall Brazilian and Blue Java ripe at exactly the same time, and...
Forum: Container Grown Banana Plants 06-23-2020, 04:36 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,238
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Spider Mites?

Upping the humidity helped me get spider mites under control. You can only go so high with your main house humidifier before you start getting a worse problem, mold (bad for people). I think the...
Forum: Member Introductions 11-25-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 578
Posted By raygrogan
Re: A newbie with a tree problem :-(

As mentioned above, you can damage the trunk - every move probably breaks a few more capillaries trying to get water and nutrients up from the roots. I doubt if anyone knwows just right, the balance...
Forum: Member Introductions 11-25-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 578
Posted By raygrogan
Re: A newbie with a tree problem :-(

Your picture makes it look like the trunk bent over about halfway up. I would grab 2 poles about 8 to 10' long, tie them together loosely about 6" from the top end, and support the trunk near the...
Forum: Container Grown Banana Plants 10-25-2019, 07:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,291
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Spider Mites

I'll 2nd the high humidity. I used to get crazy spider mites - then hung a plastic curtain around the plants, and within the curtain made a DIY humidifier - hung a towel half in a tote of water and...
Forum: Banana Plant Soil, Additives, and Fertilizer 08-15-2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,577
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Mulching banana leaves/trunks

Me, too on just chop and leave on the surface. I do have a fair population of the corm borers, but the bananas still grow fine. For chopping the P-stems I use a battery powered reciprocating saw -...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 05-05-2019, 06:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Thin or Fertilize more or ?

A fourth thing you might try is adding fresh dirt. I had a patch that would not respond much to the usual big 3 you mentioned - culling, fertilizing, and water. It was in a very rocky area. I started...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 03-05-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 729
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Yield in dwarf varieties vs tall ones

Ripening - dwarf Brazilian tend to go off all at once more often, meaning all the bananas in a bunch get ripe at the same time. Talls can do it too, but less often for me. I prefer a gradual...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 03-04-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 729
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Yield in dwarf varieties vs tall ones

Let's wait for answers from people who know what they are talking about, but my backyard observation is that dwarf (Brazilian) out-yields the talls by a whopping double or something. I still prefer...
Forum: Banana Identification 11-12-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 777
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Help IDing this one Please

While we are waiting for the real experts, I can tell you to rule out dwarf Brazilian. They have "persistent bracts" - the male flowers and purple covers do not fall off like those have.
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 10-07-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,757
Posted By raygrogan
Re: What is your favotrite banana?

I don't have near the experience of most of yall, but I will weigh in between our two "apple" cultivars. The tall Brazilian are a little tastier and I have never gotten tired of them. The dwarf...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 10-07-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 538
Posted By raygrogan
Re: I'm going to The Big Island!

If Oahu you're welcome to kick around my yard, but it is just apple banana for fun. We do have both tall and dwarf. Ray
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 09-27-2018, 06:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Is this Bunchy Top?

I bet you suspect calcium def.
Forum: Other Plants 05-12-2018, 05:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,237
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Asimina triloba "paw paw"

OK, a little more ...

The producers of the grafted Neal Peterson trees is Forrest Keeling. Link: https://www.fknursery.com/page/Forrest-Keeling-s-RPM-produced-Peterson-Pawpaws

Of those 6...
Forum: Banana Plant Health And Maintenance Topics 04-27-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 948
Posted By raygrogan
Re: New plant turning brown after transfer to pot.

My guess is salt somehow, but compost is not usually salty. It is hard to wet, maybe it is pulling water somehow. I get this effect in taro plants if I move them to bigger pots with a little too much...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 04-26-2018, 07:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,167
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Propping up the bunch efficiently, economically

A new propping thing to me is that you can prop up a fallen plant at about 45 degrees and it will stay alive.

If you "lose" a bunch too early (= it gets blown down way too young, like fruits a...
Forum: Banana Identification 03-14-2018, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,131
Posted By raygrogan
Re: What variety of sweet plaintain do spanish (Cuban/Puerto Rican) restaurants use?

Plantains can be baked at any stage of ripeness. I haven’t experimented much with the green ones, and usually stay between 100% yellow (more potato-like) and 100% black (softer, richer, sweeter). My...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 02-23-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,593
Posted By raygrogan
Re: my pad has spread too far

I use a few drops 41% glyphosate after whacking the unwanted keiki / pup / flag / BBTV infected plant. It takes a few rounds sometimes to kill a healthy sword. And sometimes a few drops just on the...
Forum: Banana Plant Health And Maintenance Topics 02-23-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 928
Posted By raygrogan
Re: This just sounds too good to be true... Anyone heard of this?

I did not read the link you are considering, but for nematodes somewhere I heard that diatomaceous (sp?) earth is the ticket, and that the cheapest version is used for swimming pool filters, so that...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 12-31-2017, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,207
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Companion plants to bananas

My favorite is laua'e fern (Microsorum grossum ‘Laua’e', synonym Phymatosorus grossus). It is tough enough to handle my tromping around, and when I pile chopped up trunks and leaves on top it just...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-25-2017, 08:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,523
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Time from Flower to Harvest for bananas.

With your two seasons it sounds like something is selecting for flowering time. It could be the keiki grow in one of the seasons better. If you have lots of keiki and sometimes thin them out, you...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-04-2017, 08:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,367
Posted By raygrogan
Re: Hazards of Banana Juice

I have never tested it but a friend Morgan says that if you keep the shirt wet, never let the banana juice dry, it will not stain. He suggested having a 5-gal bucket of water to drop the shirt into....
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