Friday, March 21, 2014

The growth of my Super Dwarf Cavendish from Pup to Tree

   Caven as I call my Super Dwarf Cavendish banana tree has grown very fast since I received him, as Banana plants do, as a gift from my wife in June of 2013 and has gone through 4 pot sizes since.  From his late summer start in June of 2013 as a pup in a 4" pot to an 8' pot and then through a 16 Gallon pot and continuing on through his first winter(2013-14) in its final 21 gallon pot size.  Here is a quick photo stream of Caven's growth during the last 12+ months that I have had him.  There are many more detailed posts available in this blog if you are so interested,  but I will try to keep this post updated for a quick glance of Caven's continued growth.  The most recent pictures and comments are appended to bottom of this post.
June 2013 - First Photo when I got him in his 4" pot.
June 2013 - Amazing to think about how fast this little guy will be a tree.

July 2013 - Moved to an 8" pot.
August-23-2013 - After he has filled out the 8" pot.

August 30, 2014 - Moved to his 16 gallon pot. Former pots also shown. 
August 30, 2014 - He looks very small in his new 16 Gallon pot, but nothing a few month won't change. 
September 5, 2013 - Moved inside for the winter of 2013

November 8,2013 -Starting to fill his 6 Gallon pot better.

Getting bigger during the winter of January 2014

Under his 4' HO grow light tubes for some January sun

February 1, 2014 and growing larger

February 14, 2014 - Ready to move to his 21 gallon wine container liner.

Feb 14, 2014 - At just over 16" in P-Stem height

Feb 14, 2014 - Pups removed as he moved to his 21 gallon pot

March 13, 2014 Growing along with his remaining 5 pups
March 20, 2014 - Putting out 23" inch leafs 

March 21, 2014 - 23" leafs growing well under the lights

May 7, 2014 - My Wife Kathy posing with Cavendish. Kathy is 4' 10.5"
June 2, 2014 - Freshly moisturized and fed Fruit Fuel.
June 23, 2014 - Moved outside for the Summer under some partial shade to acclimate to the sun.

September 2, 2014 - Winter will soon be setting in and Caven is to big for the house now. So I set Caven in the ground as his corm will less likely freeze in the ground than in a pot. He will also be shielded by this PVC cover that will be closed up during the non Banana-like weather coming up. Full post here.

Sunlight:The earliest sunrise is at 5:20am on June 16 and the latest sunset is at 9:04pm on June 24. The latest sunrise is at 7:54am on November 3 and the earliest sunset is at 4:26pm on December 12.
Light hours:Seasonal December 21 with 8:40 to June 20 with15:42 hours of daylight.
Grow More 16-8-24 Fruit Fuel Premium 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 over stimulating the plant to bloom out of season.
Soil:Standard potting soil mix- Without water retainers
Container Pot:Went from 4", to 8", to 16 gallons, to 21.4 gallon pot to, the earth.
Pest Control:Safer Insect Killing Soap, Diatomaceous earth
Location:Outdoors in our yard covered by PVC for the winter.
My Outdoor Temps:Low 28(Winter) freezes for up to one week or two at a stretch - Average 45-75 - High 101(Summer)
Hardiness Zone:8b Northwest Oregon Southern Willamette Valley, USA
Cavendish from Pup to Tree: The growth of my Super Dwarf Cavendish from Pup to Tree in one quick post. If you only want a quick summation of his growth in just one quick blog post, here it is.
Paul's Banana Plantation Photo Album:My rather large photo album of Cavendish for those with some time on there hands.