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Forum: Main Banana Discussion 04-19-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 596
Posted By mackmccaleb
Monoculture and Panama Disease

https://theconversation.com/amp/the-quest-to-save-the-banana-from-extinction-112256

Interesting article about the susceptibility of monocrops to disease. The article goes pretty in depth and I...
Forum: Banana Identification 02-20-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Unknown Flower

I cut back all the frost damaged leaves from the winter, then the flower emerged. Obviously it's not ideal, but I had no idea it was going to bloom.

Gabe, can you tell me what lead you to that...
Forum: Banana Identification 02-19-2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By mackmccaleb
Unknown Flower

I picked this out of a pile of roadside debris. It has grown the fastest out of all my other bananas and is the first to flower. I've tried to identify it on my own, but I'm not sure which parts of...
Forum: Member Introductions 02-14-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: New Member - Zone 8b/9a

I'm growing in Foley. I planted several varieties last March that I ordered online. Got my first flower last week on an unknown variety. Nice to know there's a fellow enthusiast in the area, I'll be...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 02-09-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,611
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: 2018 Banana Patch: Pensacola, Florida

Nice job man. This is your first harvest, right? You'll be getting bunches and bunches from now on. I dont think we actually had a hard freeze here this winter, for the first time since I moved here...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 02-06-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 163
Posted By mackmccaleb
A flower in February

I cut back my winter damaged leaves today and discovered a flag and an emerging flower! My concern is, without leaves, will the flower have enough energy to fully form bananas? Will the pups...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 11-18-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 961
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Golden Rhino Horn Banana

I purchased a Golden Rhino Horn from Willis Orchard last fall. I also purchased Ladyfinger, Raja Puri, Gran Nain and Ice Cream from them too. Overwintered everything in a container and then planted...
Forum: Contests! 11-12-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,907
Posted By mackmccaleb
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 10-11-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,611
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: 2018 Banana Patch: Pensacola, Florida

How'd those bunches hang through Hurricane Michael? My bananas were leaning one way from TS Gordon, now Michael has them leaning a different direction. Ground is too dry to straighten them now. Hope...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 09-21-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,153
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Banana Circle Critique

Looks good! Banana circles are a lot of work to install, and maintain as I'm coming to find out. However they do provide a convenient central location for mulch and watering. Consider interplanting...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 09-17-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,611
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: 2018 Banana Patch: Pensacola, Florida

It's been plenty hot lately. Heat advisory a few days in a row now. Your banana's proximity to the pool is probably creating a nice microclimate. I'm rooting for you man, if you can get a ripe...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 09-05-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: TS Gordon battered my bananas! Help!

Ok good, that is definitely relieving to know. I'll get everyone pointing skyward and hopefully no more strong wind the rest of this hurricane season
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 09-05-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,611
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: 2018 Banana Patch: Pensacola, Florida

Nice job man! Your plantings are almost exactly a year ahead of mine, and since you're in pcola it's like a glimpse into the future for me! It's got to be super exciting for them to be ready to...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 09-05-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By mackmccaleb
TS Gordon battered my bananas! Help!

Lots and lots of rain, but also some pretty strong winds. Not a catastrophe, but some pretty shredded leaves and leaning pseudostems. What do I do??

Stake up the bananas and support them til the...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 07-21-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,153
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Banana Circle Critique

Things are really growing in my circle. The bananas are pushing out massive new leaves every few days. I decided to expand the circle a bit by adding three more smaller circles. I haven't planted...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 07-13-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 92,922
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Time to separate the pups for the Spring

Is there an optimum time or size to remove a pup? Before it becomes a drain on the mother, but large enough to thrive soon after transplant? How many leaves should you wait for or is there a general...
Forum: Banana Identification 07-02-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Roadside Treasure

So you'd need to see the flower or actual bananas in order to make an ID? This is my first time growing so I may be overeager
Forum: Banana Identification 07-02-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Roadside Treasure

Hey thanks for posting those for me! Yeah, sorry they're sideways. Sometimes it helps to look at things from a different perspective
Forum: Banana Identification 07-01-2018, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 588
Posted By mackmccaleb
Roadside Treasure

Just uploaded some pictures of this mystery into my gallery. I was driving past a house I knew had an impressive stand of bananas, and some unfriendly dogs, which have prevented me from asking any...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 06-14-2018, 01:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 428
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Baby ensente marelli

I'm growing one in a container this year too, first time also. It has at least tripled in size since I got it. As each new leaf unfurls, another leaf is inside rolled up ready to keep growing. I read...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 06-11-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,153
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Banana Circle Critique

Banana circle update! Walkthrough videohttps://youtu.be/K6w7OaL4WvE
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 05-26-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 621
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Endless Rain

Growing here in gulf shores, looks like Alberto is on a direct route for us. Not worried about the rain (although we're already saturated) but sustained 65 mile per hour wind probably isn't ideal for...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 05-22-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,153
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Banana Circle Critique

Thanks CraigSS!

1. I completely agree that the maple and fig are too close. I had two thoughts about that. Allow the maple to form a canopy layer and the fig be an understory (providing that the...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 05-20-2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,153
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Banana Circle Critique

Thanks for the comments! I have been thinking about passive water harvesting. I think some rainwater collection off the roof will be my best option, and I really like the idea of one circle...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 05-18-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,153
Posted By mackmccaleb
Re: Banana Circle Critique

The competition, yes, I was wondering about that. Honestly I didn't expect the zukes to get so big so fast. I want the bananas to thrive, but I'm torn between nurturing them or a more Darwinian style...
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