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Archive for May, 2013

The banana (dwarf nam wah) is growing quite nicely, as the heat is here and it continues to get water a couple of times a week. The height is just under 6 feet and the size of that biggest leaf in the upper left side of the following picture is 4 feet.

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There are several pups and one already taken off a few weeks ago. The plant was put into dirt around the first of October 2012.

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Last spring I tried in a container with a mix of peat, perlite and composted manure and was able to get them to grow to about 3 feet tall but the biggest cucumber I got was maybe 3 inches. This year, I planted them in a mound of local topsoil I purchased and they had overhead sprinklers on them. This time around they maxed out 6-12 inches and not a single fruit. They had a flower or two show up but then petered out and died. Not sure what is going on. Seems some people grow them in Florida like 31 produce is growing them and others can’t get them to grow at all like me. The watermelon are in the same mound and same overhead sprinkler and they’ve gotten to about 18 inches now and may show flowers soon.

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So I noticed today the fruit had fallen off the vine. I didn’t think it was actually ready as the color was still mostly green with barely any purple to it. Cut it open and it surely smelled like the ones from last year from the mother plant. Tasted very nicely IMO if not a bit tart.

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