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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 2, 2010 5:17 AM CST
Here is the Bananas forum.
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 2, 2010 8:46 PM CST
Bud- Yes!-we have no bannas!! not right now here in frozen fla.!
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 3, 2010 2:41 AM CST
lol
Same here. I had a nice bunch developing too!
Name: Lisa
Niceville Florida (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Tropicals Ponds Plumerias Dog Lover Bulbs
Bromeliad Hummingbirder Region: Florida Daylilies Region: United States of America
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rylaff
Feb 4, 2010 9:29 PM CST
Ditto here, too. Lost em all.
Name: Lenette
Florida
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flgardengurl
Feb 7, 2010 7:23 PM CST
Mine look horrible but I didn't lose them. I have a bunch of babies in the greenhouse that I got from the agristarts co-op last yr that look bad but they are starting to get a little green coming out so they will prob be okay.
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 7, 2010 8:06 PM CST
most of mine have new growth on tem but I won't trim the dead fronds till next month
Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Feb 8, 2010 8:25 AM CST
Mine seem like they are OK, I hope this is the picture of them that I wanted to post, not sure if I'm doing it right. If it is right, these should be ready to eat in about two weeks or so. I usually have four trees growing, but think I will cut back to just two, they use too much water and with the restrictions I'm afraid I will get caught.

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Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Feb 8, 2010 8:28 AM CST
Jan, other then appearance, is there any benefit to cutting the dead fronds? My neighbor says I should do that, but he doesn't get bananas and I do, so I figure if it ain't broke don't fix it!

Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 8, 2010 9:09 AM CST
I would have to say that under normal conditions, you would want to trim them to provide better air circulation to the peudostem and to prevent fungus and insects that tend to love warm moist areas. At the moment, the benefit to leaving them is that they provide protection for the pseudostem (like wrapping them would) in case of another freeze. I will be pruning mine probably the 2nd or 3rd week of March as we have been known to get an occasional late freeze. Actually, when I left for work this am, there was frost on the cars even though the radio said it was in the mid-upper 40's. When I do trim the leaves, I cut them up and kind of bury them around the base of the trees to compost.
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 8, 2010 2:14 PM CST
Jim- the old german lady down the street says it with a little more accent

"VE grow too soont oldt , undt too late smaarts"
Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Feb 8, 2010 2:32 PM CST
Actually it's an old Pa.Dutch saying. I never appreciated it till I got the age that I am now. For instance, if I had known I'd live this long, I'd of taken better care of my health!

Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 8, 2010 6:37 PM CST
I knew there was something not right about her!:~))
Name: Lenette
Florida
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flgardengurl
Feb 9, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Jim, what kind of banana is that?
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 9, 2010 7:23 PM CST
maybe they just eat bananas and got on the wrong thread--lol
Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Feb 10, 2010 5:40 AM CST
I think it's called a dwarf, but not sure, I can tell you that while a bit small they are very tasty

Name: John Mehner
Central Florida zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Florida
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ApopkaJohn
Feb 11, 2010 6:44 PM CST
Dwarf Banana meets Jack Frost

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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 12, 2010 2:28 AM CST
That looks great next to mine, LOL
Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Feb 12, 2010 8:26 AM CST
Well, I shouldn't have bragged about mine doing so good. I went out to check them yesterday and while the bananas themselves still look OK, the whole tree is brown and dead. The fruit isn't ripe enough to pick, I think I have no other choice then to let it alone and see if they ripen on a dead tree. Grumbling

Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 12, 2010 10:31 AM CST
If the nanners are nicely filled out, you can cut the stalk and bring them in as they may not continue to mature if the tree is dead. Don't give up on the tree yet. Mine are brown but there is a new center leaf emerging on most of them which means the roots are ok.
Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Feb 12, 2010 12:21 PM CST
I usually start new ones and have bananas by October. I think I am going to remove the stalk of bananas and see if they will ripen on my porch. Confused

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