Banana & ginger

john_ny(z6/7 Sunset 34)July 4, 2007

Musa basjoo with variegated shell ginger to the left, bird of paradise on the right, and pineapple in the foreground.

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gpd79(Home Z 6B, Summer home Z 7A)

Very very beautiful. I wish I could do that at my place. I have a potted pineapple plant too in my home. How do you over-winter the pineapple plant? Do you dig it up in the winter?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 3:18AM
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john_ny(z6/7 Sunset 34)

This is the only one I have planted in the ground and, if I want to keep it over the winter, it would have to be dug up. This one is kind of spindly. I have many more fuller ones in containers. Some were grown from tops of store-bought fruit, some were tissue cultured, and even some grown from seed.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 1:38PM
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gpd79(Home Z 6B, Summer home Z 7A)

Very cool. I grew mine from a pineapple top too. I need to repot it into a bigger pot though. It's grown two plants out of it, which is pretty cool. Anyway, thanks for the pic. It must be great to walk outside and see that view :-)

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 11:24PM
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topher2006

hi
Did you guys put your pineapple top in water to grow roots ?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 11:13AM
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gpd79(Home Z 6B, Summer home Z 7A)

Eeek. I hope we don't get in trouble for straying too far off subject in the banana forum! I found all the instructions I needed on this website. It has great pictures too. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: How to Grow a Pineapple

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 11:59PM
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john_ny(z6/7 Sunset 34)

To grow a plant from a top, I twist the top off, peel off the lower small leaves, treat it with rooting hormone, and put it in a mix of half and half peat and perlite. Many times, especially with the "golden" variety, when you peel the lower leaves, you may find roots already formed. In that case, I just stick it in good potting mix.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2007 at 9:35AM
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topher2006

great site thanks !
thanks john i appreciate it.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2007 at 2:14PM
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sandy0225(z5 Indiana)

If you accidentally hit one with the lawnmower, it will put up pups. Oops!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 1:53AM
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