Friday, February 14, 2014

Moving day

~ Well it's moving day for Cavendish to move from his 16 gallon pot to his new 21 gallon wine barrel liner.  I will also be removing three pups and giving them their own pots.  The biggest one will be going to my Mom.  The 21 gallon wine barrel liner had a very wide top ledge. It was so wide that it would not fit through the narrow 26" walk in closet door, so I had to modify the rather wide to lip. When I was done I watered it in with a gallon of Fruit Fuel fertilizer.


New  21 gallon wine container liner

Getting ready to remove first pup.

Removing the first pup.

First pup removed

The three pups I removed

The three pups in the 16 gallon pot

With 16" measure stick in new pot.

No damage done to leafs.

Ready to go back inside
All are back in the house. The green is looking extra awesome right now, :)
My first pup for Mom in a temp 1 gallon pot. I will let my mom provide the dirt to repot him into a larger ?12 gallon? pot I have.

The other 2 smaller pups are in 4" pots to be handed to new homes.

My Plant Information:Super Dwarf Cavendish Fruiting Banana Tree
Lighting:4 ft. 6 tube - T-5 6400k High output fluorescent
Light hours:14 On - 10 Off
Grow More 16-8-24 Fruit FuelPremium Fruit Formula for application throughout the growing season. Contains full-spectrum of secondary and micronutrients utilized by fruiting plants. Provides plants with a steady dosage of potash for use during present cycle of fruit production or storage for next year's crop. Lower Nitrogen to Potassium ratio to discourage flower and fruit drop. Sufficient Phosphate level for excellent performance without overstimulating the plant to bloom out of season.
Soil:Standard potting soil - Without water retainers
Container Pot:Smaller 16.32 gallons - 11" deep by 18" width swapped for a new 21 gallon pot 22" avg. width, 13" deep
Pest Control:Insecticidal soap, Diatomaceous earth
Walk in plant closet:7' x 4'-6" - With curtain and a ceiling ventilation fan.
My Indoor Temps:Low 60(Winter) - Average 65-75 - High 80(Summer)

Monday, February 10, 2014

A new pot to grow in

 ~ I picked up a 21 gallon wine barrel liner for Cavendish at Jerry's Home Improvement They sell them with their yard pond liners.  Its inside average width is 22" by 13".  Using Google I confirmed it is 21.39 Gallons.  Great for my adult and pupping SDC.  My current pot is 16 gallons. The weather is not ideal for transplanting right now but at least I found my pot.  I had to trim the new pots wide lip a bit so it will fit the walk in closet doorway.

 ~ It is now hard to get a measurement on diameter since there are now 8 pups growing around the main stem but Cavendish is now 20' tall to the top of the pseudo-stem not including leafs.. I will separate at least 2 or 3 pups when I replant Caven into his new 21 gallon pot.

An old 4 cu. ft. wheelbarrow in behind being used as a planter.
Soon to be home to my Super Dwarf Cavendish
In comparison to my 1 gallon watering can and a bag of Fruit Fuel Fertilizer.

My SDC with some of the pups showing in my current 16 gallon pot
There are 8 pups in total
My first of 8 pups is 12.5" with its current leaf roll.

Monday, February 3, 2014

After a taking few shots I put Tom in a cage.

~ I caged up my Tomato plant as it was getting out of hand.  I also delivered Moms Tomato plant to her.  While I had my Cavendish out of the grow closet I snapped a few shots and got a couple angles I can't normally get when in my walk in closet.

The oldest pup is 12" tall ...until the leaf unrolls and lies flat.
The largest and oldest pup us really sprouting up.

What a pretty looking plant if I have to say so myself.

Mom's Tomato plant in its white pot in front of mine. Mom now has it in her growing room.
Our Tomato plant in its cage. This vine needs a lot of support.
Measuring stick added to show height.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Wow! The pups have really shot up.

~ The 3 largest pups are really taking off now.  They just shot up since my last pictures. The first pup is now 4.75" to top of its P-Stem. I would say Cavendish really likes his feeding program.

The pups have really shot up. 4.75" to top of p-Stem, 12" to tip of shoot. 
Pups compared to a Rattle can.
This first pup is now 4.75" to top of P-Stem and 12" to the top of the leaf roll before he unrolls and flattens.