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Forum: Member Introductions 01-04-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,837
Posted By dsws
Re: Growing in Costa Rica

One of the more experienced people here can tell you the specific numbers, but I'm pretty sure 15-15-15 isn't what you want.

Also, I recall someone with poorly-drained soil getting told it can be...
Forum: Member Introductions 01-04-2013, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,235
Posted By dsws
Re: Hello from Virginia!

Zone finder says 7b (5 to 10 F) for that zip.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (
Forum: Member Introductions 01-04-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,837
Posted By dsws
Re: Growing in Costa Rica

I'm a complete newbie: everything I know about bananas is from reading on here in the past couple weeks. But here's my take on plants "becoming sterile". The above-ground "banana tree"...
Forum: Other Plants 01-04-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 16,358
Posted By dsws
Re: The Pineapple Diaries

I've tried three pineapples so far. All three have been full of rot from the start. Two I threw away when they started to stink. The other I tried to take off all the rot, and there was nothing...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 12-22-2012, 10:08 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 30,917
Posted By dsws
Re: Grafting Bananas by the Insistent Banana Grower - Mauro

Interesting. Sounds to me like preliminary evidence of grafting. I would like to see dug-up corms of grafted plants, though, to see that they really have grown together and healed over the outside...
Forum: Tissue Culturing & Other Propagation Techniques of Banana Plants 12-20-2012, 02:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,327
Posted By dsws
Re: implants as a means for crossing Musa

It sounds as though making chimeras by mixing cells in TC is probably possible, but doesn't usually happen:

Experimentally Synthesized Plant Chimeras I. In vitro Recovery of Nicotiana tabacum L....
Forum: Tissue Culturing & Other Propagation Techniques of Banana Plants 12-20-2012, 02:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,578
Posted By dsws
Re: Grafting bananas Stage II

I hope no one minds me replying to old threads.

It's easier to see in the discrete case. For Richard's example, you're adding up pieces of area under a curve that goes through 1, 1/e, 1/e^2, and...
Forum: Banana Plant Soil, Additives, and Fertilizer 12-08-2012, 12:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,576
Posted By dsws
Re: Muriate of Potash or Sulphate of Potash?

For people growing a few houseplants, muriate of potash (potassium chloride) is available in small quantities at the grocery store under the brand name NoSalt, right next to the regular salt. But be...
Forum: Member Introductions 12-06-2012, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 971
Posted By dsws
Zebrina and ornata impulse buy

I got ten seeds, along with some other houseplant seeds. If any of them germinate, I'll be growing some banana plants. If not, dunno if I'll try again.

I like LEDs. It's just cool to have a light...
Forum: Container Grown Banana Plants 12-06-2012, 08:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,125
Posted By dsws
Re: LED Grow Light

Inverse square is only for a point source (or similarly compact source of any shape). If you're moving a linear source (like a fluorescent tube) away from an object to be illuminated, then the light...
Forum: Container Grown Banana Plants 12-06-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,840
Posted By dsws
Re: what lighting need for indoor Banana Plant

I don't know much about bananas yet, but plants respond to red, far-red, and blue light. Red light lets them "know" it's day time. Far-red offsets the effect of red. Blue affects most other...
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