Friday, August 30, 2013

Finally transplanted to 20 Gallon pot

~  Well I finally transplanted Caven from the white 7" pot to the 20 Gallon pot I had previously set up for him. We will be gone this weekend and my hope is that Caven will keep more moisture in the larger pot as I have been needing to water him at least once daily this summer.

  ~  I also fed Caven again.  In this larger pot I gave him 2 TBSPs of each of the two types of the same plant food I have used previously.

  ~  Caven's corm stalk is now is now 6" around in diameter at soil level and 8' tall to the bottom of the 11th leaf.

  ~  I also found some soil gnats on Caven's soil so I sprayed them with "Safe Soap"


4" crib pot, 7" child pot, And adult pot where he can raise his pups.
 ~ This picture shows Caven's 3 beds so to speak. His baby 4" black crib, His child size 7" white 'twin' bed and now his adult 20 gallon queen size bed that is big enough for him to raise several pups in as Caven eventually grows to his 4'-5' foot adult height.

All three of Caven's pots are here for comparison 4" crib, 7" 'twin' bed, and 20 Gallon adult bed.
Cavens 11th leaf roll is beginning to unfurl

This angle shows Cavens second baby leaf that he will soon loose. Don't worry he will soon have a new adult leaf to replace it.

I found this guy in Caven's big pot (that already had some dirt in it) so had to move him to Kathy's nearby plants. When Caven was transplanted I gave put him to back in the pot. Bug chow time.

Headed to look for supper
Notice this Walking sticks next meal hanging about?

Cavendish with his new buddy
Spreadsheet Records Logbook with Links and Banana Plant Terms

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Caven lost one of his original baby leafs today

Caven lost one of his original baby leafs today. Caven is growing up well towards a medium sized plant.
A new leaf #11 is ready to unfurl to replace it.
Current plant size compared to baby leaf and 4" baby pot Caven came in.
A new leaf #11 is ready to unfurl to replace his lost baby leaf.  
First outside baby photo I took of caven for growth comparison
Caven now has 10 of 11 of his lifetime leaf count soaking up the sun. A couple other of his original baby leafs will also soon run there course being replaced by bigger boy leafs.

Spreadsheet records logbook with Links and Banana Plant Terms

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cavendish's leaf #11 is unfurling. The fourth leaf since we have had him.

   Cavendish's leaf  #11 is unfurling. The fourth leaf since we have had him. A couple of his young leaves that are not in these pictures are almost ready to be removed, however they still have some life and I am not ready to remove them as a nutritional source yet. Of course Caven's 11th leaf  tassel roll is ready to take its turn next.

   Cavendish stalk is 7 1/4" tall now to top of stalk where last leaf starts, with a circumference of 4" at the base.

   On the 16th I fed Caven with both 1 TBSP each of "roots organic by aurora" 1 TBSP 6-0.5-1.5 greening and 1 TBSP 3-6-4 blooming fertilizer. I used both to give caven more of a balance that he likes. I plan to get some more appropriate fertilizer so I do not have to mix to get a least somewhat closer to what he needs. Here are the instructions from Logee's Tropical plants where caven came from:

   FERTILIZER: They are heavy feeders, use 1/2 tsp of fertilizer per gallon of water every week and more, under full sun conditions which will expedite its growth. Under low light and cool temperatures, reduce the frequency. When active growth stops in winter, discontinue feeding. Use a balanced fertilizer like a 15-15-15 or a blooming fertilizer like 7-9-5.

   So I have been under feeding him for the greening stage and should get better growth if I go pick some food up for him. Then I need to decide if this is good enough or whether I should also get Caven some blooming stage fertilizer to help the blooming stage.

   I have been very busy rebuilding our pump house and house sitting so I have not got around to re-potting Cavendish in his mobile home I've already made that is waiting for him.


8/22/2013 11:30 AM
8/22/2013 3:20 PM Unfurled more in under 4 hours
After meeting - 8/22/2013 10:00 PM - Some curl left

8/23/2013 8:30 AM - A slight curl left
8/23/2013 8:30 AM - A slight curl left - leaf 12 tassel inside
Spreadsheet records logbook with Links and Banana Plant Terms

Friday, August 16, 2013

Third leaf (#10) unfurled

Cavendish's third leaf (since I got him) is unfurled and is a long one too

Third leaf (#9) unfurled (On left)

Third leaf (#10) unfurled (On right). Tassel curl of leaf #11 in center.

Spreadsheet records logbook with Links and Banana Plant Terms

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Third Week General update, Third leaf, Spreadsheet created

 ~ It's almost time that I can repot Caven in the 10 Gallon 20" pot I have set up for him.  I am approaching a busy couples weeks of house sitting though and there is no rush so I will repot when I have some time. Soon Caven will have room to grow baby grow. Full speed ahead.

Caven`s third leaf (#9) since I received him is as tall and thin as a new pencil but not unfurling yet.

I created a spreadsheet to chronicle growth, feedings, repottings, and such so I can see Caverns growth over time.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Caven's Mobile Home

 ~ Cavendish is about ready for some more growing room. Soon the 7" inch pot he has been in will  be too small. I have a 20" wide(top) (18" wide at the bottom) (12 deep) approximately 10 gallon pot that will be Caven's next home. Doing the math from Understanding Container Sizes and Their Volumes I came up with it being a 0.8 cubic ft. in size, mind you I am No mathematician b y any means and I doubt this is correct.  What I do know is that it took almost a 1.5 cu bag of planter soil to fill it. I may try to see where I went wrong sometime...but not anytime soon.

 ~ It is black plastic with a dark faux wood barrel design on the outside.

 ~ For easier maneuvering of the large pot I picked up a small moving dolly(from Harbor Freight) to place Caven on. I added spacer support in the center of the dolly frame and on top of this I placed a cut out circle of waferboard sealed in water based polyurethane. I then put some wood strips on top of this to help the pot drain. On the four corners are stop block to help keep Caven from sliding off when moving. I also added some silicone to wood ridges to help hold in place some.

 ~ Right now it looks like he may not fill out the 20" pot yet but at the rate Caven grows it will not take long to fill it out.

 ~ When I decide to move Caven to his new mobile home that I have prepared for him I will post again.