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DateCurrent Leaves / Life Total Leaf UnfurledLeaf Loss DateLeaf Length (Inches)Leaf Width (Inches)Height Top P-stemPlant Circum- ferenceDia- meterCurent Pups / Lifetime TotalComments for CavendishMy LinksLink Description ~ Growing 101 ~
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7/22/20137/75.5"30.960/0 ~ Recived in exelent health in a 4" black pot with 7 leaves and 1 new young leaf roll #8 ready to unfurl.Pauls Banana Plantation Blog ~ Blog of which this spreadsheet is forFeed well. Banana plants get hungry. Grow More 16-8-24 Fruit Fuel is great.
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237/75.5"30.960/0 ~ Yellow / Virginia woolly bear (Spilosoma virginica) ate tip of new leaf roll #8Pauls Blog Spots ~ (All my blogs) A contents list for all of my other blogs.Draining soil. No water retention properties. Prevent root rot.
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247/75.530.960/0 ~ Repoted to a white 7" pot using standard poting soil. Fed with natural plant food. Do not have specific food but used a 50/50 mix of greeening and flowering plant foodBanana Photo Album ~ (All photos)Don't over water. Causes root rot.
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257/75.530.960/0 ~ Leaf #8 unfurlingCavendish's Birth Place ~ Banana ‘Super Dwarf Cavendish’ at Logee's GreenhousesPlenty of light. The more Kelvin the better. - 8 - 4ft. T5 6500K tubes is ideal if no inside widows.
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287/7Leaf #87.5"4"63.251.040/0 ~ Leaf #8 unfurled. Sprayed Spider Mites with 'Safe Soap'. Newest lef roll #8 rapidly maturing to almost pencil widthBananas.org Forum ~ Bananas.org - International Banana SocietyKeep temps preferably over 50 degrees. Low 70 - High 90 is ideal. Do not let freeze.
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298/863.51.110/0 ~ No sign of Spider MitesGardenweb forum ~ Banana Forum - GardenWebDon't let freeze
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318/86.53.751.190/0 ~ Leaf roll #8 maturingLogees Musa PDF ~ About the Musa.pdf info. sheetSDC likes a 20-25 gallon pot in order to bloom
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8/7/20139/9Leaf #98.5"5.25"6.541.270/0 ~ Leaf #8 roll out complete, leaf roll # 9 emergingHardy Tropicals UK ~ Musa Cavendish Super Dwarf - Hardy Tropicals UK
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119/96.54.51.430/0 ~ Caven`s third leaf (#9) since I received him is as tall and thin as a new pencil but not unfurling yet. This spreadsheet started.Morphology of the banana plant~ The banana plant is a tree-like perennial herb. It is an herb because its aerial parts die down to the ground after the growing season and it is a perennial because an offshoot growing at the base of the plant, the sucker, replaces the mother plant. What looks like a trunk is actually called a pseudostem.
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8/16/201310/10Leaf #109"4"751.590/0 ~ Caven`s third leaf (#9) since I received him is unfurled.JWtalk-For Banana Tree Lovers~ Blog I made at JWTalk
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8/19/201311/11Leaf #119.54.757.255.51.750/0 ~ Fed Cavendish with both "roots organic by aurora" 1 TBSP 6-0.5-1.5 greening and 1 TBSP 3-6-4 blooming fertilizer. #11 leaf roll full length and starting to unfurl. Leaf tasel #12 inside
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8/29/201310/11lost leaf #1861.910/0 ~ Caven lost one of his original baby leafs today, A new leaf #11 is ready to unfurl to replace it. He now has 10 of 11 of his liftime leafs soaking up the sun. Morphology of the banana plant
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8/30/201310/11861.910/0 ~ Re-potted Caven to his 20 gallon pot. Fed Cavendish with both "roots organic by aurora" 2 TBSP 6-0.5-1.5 greening and 2 TBSP 3-6-4 blooming fertilizer. 11th leaf roll full length and starting to unfurl. Sprayed some soil Gnats with "Safe Soap". 8' tall to the bottom of the 11th leaf roll. Found a walking stick in the 20 Gal pot. I moved him to Kathy's Flowere while I repotted Caven then I put it back in the pot after Caven was repotted.
~ Banana Plant Terms ~
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9/2/201311/12Leaf #1211"5.25"861.910/0 ~ Leaf #12 unfurled. Caven ony curently has 11 leafs. Leaf roll #13 rising.Dwarf Cavendish Banana ~ The Dwarf Cavendish banana is a cultivar descended from the banana cultivar group of commercial produce, the Cavendish. They are often grown as houseplants and produce slightly smaller edible bananas than other Cavendish cultivars. The name 'Dwarf Cavendish' is in reference to the height of the pseudostem, not the fruit (which are medium sized).[1] Young plants have maroon or purple blotches on their leaves but quickly lose them as they mature. It is one of the most commonly planted banana varieties from the Cavendish group, and the main source of commercial Cavendish bananas
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9/8/201311/13Leaf #13 unfurledLost Leaf #28.256.251.990/0~ Caven lost baby leaf #2 today. Leaf #12 mostly unfurled with leaf curl #13 already starting its turn up the center. Soil is a bit sour. Been dealing with gnat be regularly used Safe soap no success. Tried Diatonatios earth with successs..Corm ~ A corm, bulbo-tuber, or bulbotuber is a short, vertical, swollen underground plant stem that serves as a storage organ used by some plants to survive winter or other adverse conditions such as summer drought and heat.
Actully it is considered a Rhibosome.
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9/15/201312/14Leaf #14 unfurled13.5"7.25"8.56.52.070/0~ Leaf 14 unfurled, Watered via drain pan, Measurments takenRhizome ~ A rhizome (from Ancient Greek: rhízōma "mass of roots", from rhizóō "cause to strike root") is a modified subterranean stem of a plant that is usually found underground, often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes. Rhizomes may also be referred to as creeping rootstalks or rootstocks. Rhizomes develop from axillary buds and are diageotropic or grow perpendicular to the force of gravity. The rhizome also retains the ability to allow new shoots to grow upwards.
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9/22/201313/15Leaf #15 unfurled14.5"7.5"8.56.52.070/0~ Leaf 14 unfurled, no hight or circumference change, No sign of Gnats, I fed Caven 5TBSB of the Dr. Earth plant food (The recomended 6 TBSP looked like a lot and I do not want to burn Caven's little roots. :) I watered him from the top with a gallon or so of water. So Caven should be good on plant food for the next 2 months.Pup ~ The Sprouts Suckers or Shoots from the corm of a Rhizome plant that are for the next years plant growth after the blooming cycle and also are divided off the main Corm to make new plant starts. There are 2 type of Pups: A 'Sword Pup' that come off of te main corm and 'Water Suckers' that come from the roots in the root mat. A baby Pup is called a Peeper.
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10/6/201412/15Lost a leaf #39.57.252.310/0~ Significant width and height growth, Lost a baby leaf, Gnats are back despite only occasional bottom watering other than 9/22 when I fed Caven. Leaf roll 12 of 15 well on its way up.Pseudostem ~ Pstem ~ P-Stem ~ A false stem(trunk) made of the rolled bases of leaves which are as tall as a banana plant from top of Corm to top of P-Stem where the leaf emerges.
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10/8/201413/16Leaf #16 unfurled16.25"9.25107.52.390/0Leaf 13 of 16 unfurledhttp://www.horticulturesource.com/product_info.php?products_id=13447
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10/12/201310/16Leafs 4 thru 67.752.470/0Pulled leafs 4 thru 6 as they were severely yellowed and dying. Did a complete leaf inventory and found after I had pulled 6 leafs I still had 1 original leaf left. According to records had 7 leafs when I got the plant not 6 as I has thought.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana
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10/17201310/17Leaf #17 unfurled16.75"9"10"82.550/0Leaf 10 of 17 unfurled, leaf is 9" wide, Plant in 10" tall. ~ There are not a whole lot of Gnats, but there a good number, so I added a good 1/4-1/2 layer of Diatomaceous Earth on the top soil.Morphology of the banana plant
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10/26/20139 / 17.lost leaf 716.258.7511"8.752.79Pup Request List *Made offer
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11/5/20139/18leaf #18 unfurled157.751292.87Dorothy Allen
Recieved 1/12/2014recieved and growinng well, Mom upsized the pot.
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11/11/20137/18Lost leaf 8 and 90.00Lost leaf 8 and 9, lef roll 19 still not unrolled.Desiree Booth
RequestedIn middle of moving transition to Salem.
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11/14/20138/ 19Leaf #19 unfurled15712.59.53.03Jessy Ful Raye PeachRequestedGot another large leaf plant now
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11/24/20139 / 20Leaf 20 unfurled16813.259.53.03~ Remember I measure height from top of corm to top of pseudostem ad's top leaf stalk. If you measure from top of corm(soil level) to the highest leaf Caven measures 2' feet.Tamy and Dave CrosbyRequestedSeldom see often at all
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12/4/201310 /21Leaf 21 unfurling0.001/1~ With no sign of a pup we were away for a week to come back to a Pub that is 1" tall including its pseudo leaves as it has no stalk to speak of to measure.Dianne WallaceRequestedHave not seemed to have continued interest in a pup. But Curt frequently ask about a bloom.
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11/8/20139/22Leaf 22 unfurledLost leaf 10157.2513.510.753.421/1~ The pseudo stem has split .25" wide from expansion. The pup now has a .25 pseudo stem and is .75" including the tallest of is two pseudo leafs as I would not really call either a real leaf as of yet. Judy CampbellRequestedBut have no real place to put it as per Hubby Dan
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11/20/20137/23Leaf 23 unfurledLost leafs 11&121511.253.581/1~ I am finding it too hard to keep up with each leaf loss and new leaf growth so i do not know that I will continue tracking each leaf loss and growth. I will continue to ocasionaly measure the diameter and hight.Marion CarterRequestedHas restated interest a few times.
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11/26/2013--0.005/54 more pups have shown up.Knours for Lane's2 Recieved SeptemberGrowing outside in front of house.
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1/12/2014--13.55.516"123.825/5~ Leafs are now getting smaller. It was suggested on banana.org that I reduce the lights on time to 14 hrs. While I am no longer counting leafs, the current newest leaf is 13.5" x 5.5"
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1/18/2014--Lost a leaf17123.826/6~ Fed Miracle Grow 24-8-16 - One Tablespoon with 1 Gallon water to try to get growing again but I will be feeding at 1 One teaspoon per Gallon apox. every 2 weeks as needed, My first pups p-stem is 3.5" and 6" overall *As extra Pups are available. Some pups are needed to insure next years plants.
I also want to start a small outside Banana patch.
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1/30/2014123.827/7~ Fertilized with Grow More 16-8-24 Fruit Fuel Manufacturer's Guidelines: Dissolve in water before using. For periodic feeding throughout the growing season, use 1 tablespoon / gallon as soil drench or inline fertigation. For periodic foliar instead, use 1 teaspoon per gallon. ~ General Dosage: 1 Tablespoon / 1 gallon / 1 month ~ My Notes: I usually water around twice a month when my bananas are indoors. There are are 3 teaspoons in a in a Tablespoon. There for to be adding 1 Tablespoon a month I added at a rate of 1.5 teaspoons each of my 2 monthly watering's.
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2/12/201413--20"12.53.988/8 ~ 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. I had to trim the new pots wide lip a bit so it will fit the walk in closet doorway.
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2/14/201413--20"12.6254.025/8Repotted Caven to a 21 gallon pot. Divided off 3 pups. Gave pup 1 to Mom. 12 5/8 circumference. 5 out of 8 lifetime pups still on plant.
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9/5/201413--22.527165.108/10But seriously I have lost count of all the pups as the pupps are now having pups. Leaf's come and go but remain at around 13 at any given time.Leaf Record Unfurled Date Loss dateLong (Inches)Wide (Inches)
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9/26/20140.00Planted caven in the ground with two 1' ft. pups i will remove later. I gave the two pups I had removed ealier and put in the ground out back for most of the summer to the Knaurs to give to laura lane. Now Kathy's mom Marion says she want a pup too. 11 of 6 original9/2/20134.52
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9/26/2014My blog post at Paul's Banana PlantationPost at Bananas.orgMy Post at Google+0.00Most updates can now be found at one of the links to the left. Check each as all updates are not always posted at every location. Theasiest and quickest way for my to post is to My Google+ page and easiest for my friends to keep up with.21 of 6 original9/8/201352
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0.0031 of 6 original10/6/201352.5
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0.0041 of 6 original10/12/201362.75
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0.0051 of 6 original10/12/20136.753.25
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0.0061 of 6 original10/12/20138.254.25
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0.00119/2/2013115.25
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0.00129/8/201311.256.25
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0.00149/22/201314.5"7.5"
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0.001510/8/201416.5"9.25"
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0.0016No longer recording leafs
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0.00My Plant Information:Super Dwarf Cavendish
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0.00Sunlight: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.
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0.00Light hours:Seasonal December 21 with 8:40 to June 20 with15:42 hours of daylight.
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0.00Grow 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.
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0.00Soil:Standard potting soil mix- Without water retainers
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0.00Container Pot:Went from 4", to 8", to 16 gallons, to 21.4 gallon pot to, the earth.
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0.00Pest Control:Safer Insect Killing Soap, Diatomaceous earth
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0.00Location:Outdoors in our yard covered by PVC for the winter.
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0.00My Outdoor Temps:Low 28(Winter) freezes for up to one week or two at a stretch - Average 45-75 - High 101(Summer)
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0.00Hardiness Zone:8b Northwest Oregon Southern Willamette Valley, USA
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0.00Cavendish 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.
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0.00Paul's Banana Plantation Photo Album:My rather large photo album of Cavendish for those with some time on there hands.
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0.001 - black round 21 gallon1Wine barrel liner 22' average width - 24" top - 20" bottom - 13" deep - 21.3927 gallon
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0.00Fertilizing:Grow More 16-8-24 Fruit Fuel
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0.00Manufacturer's Guidelines: ~ Overview: Dissolve in water before using. For periodic feeding throughout the growing season, use 1 tablespoon / gallon as soil drench or inline fertigation. For periodic foliar instead, use 1 teaspoon per gallon.
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0.00~ General Dosage: 1 Tablespoon / 1 gallon / 1 month
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0.00My Notes~ I usually water around twice a month when my bananas are indoors. There are 3 teaspoons in a in a Tablespoon. Therefore to be adding 1 Tablespoon a month I added at a rate of 1.5 teaspoons each of my 2 monthly watering's.
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