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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It's been a long time since a banana update!

Wow, it has been a very long time since I updated this blog! So far, my tropicals have not grown as fast as they have in previous years due to the long, cool spring. The tropicals I have discussed in this blog do quite well in a Virginia climate, but as a general rule; the more heat they have, the more they will grow!

Despite the cool start to the year, my hibiscus has done very well and just bloomed for the first time last week (six blooms at once, last year it was one at a time!) and the velvet pink banana has taken off like a rocket!

Unfortunately, Japanese beetles have taken a liking to my banana plants and did quite a bit of leaf damage before I sprayed (I use pesticides if there is a heavy infestation). Bananas are so fast growing the damaged leaf area is quickly replaced by new growth, so the plant will recover quite quickly from a beetle attack. You can trim the damaged leaf area off for aesthetics.

Here's a pic of the banana!

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