Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bananas and Blueberries


May 2008 is when I bought the Musa Rajapuri Banana. It came in a 4 inch pot and was about a foot tall. By the end of 2008 it had grown into a nice size plant and seem to like it's new home.

May 2008

By 2010 Mama had three pups and was showing no sign of bearing fruit. April of this year I pulled two of the pups and
 re-potted  mama with one pup hoping this would redirect her energy to pushing out a flower.

April 2011 before re-potting.
 It's been two months since two of the pups were removed from the main plant and they are doing very well.

Photo taken June 21, 2011. You can still see the
damage from the hail storm.
 As I was taking the photo above I saw this...

 That's right another new pup growing off the main plant. Then I see this....

Right again a second pup on the main plant. I guess mama missed her two babies. I really need her to fruit and not send out more babies. Now I'm not sure what I should do. Let them be or pull them now? Time for some research.


 January 19th is when the  Blueberries came home with me. So far they don't seem to mind the pots they will need to live in.
 I know the first year you are supposed to remove all the blooms but I just couldn't do it. Mother Nature did however take care of most of it when she threw down some hail. A few did survive and are just about ready to eat.
New growth

Here is the recipe for the soil mix I planted the blueberries in.
Blueberry Mix
1/3 Pathway bark (1/4 inch)
1/3 Peat Moss (coarse, if you can find it)
1/3 Leaf Mold or Forest Humus based potting soil.
Mix together and add 2 tablespoons of Soil Sulfur.


  1. I didn't know plants grew from a banana like that, and I for sure didn't know they were called pups. I appreciate the information.

    And your blueberries look really good. I had a chance to buy some blueberries earlier in the year, at a really good price, but I'm glad I didn't because I have since moved, and I wouldn't be able to get to them now.

    Eat one for me will ya?


  2. ZZ - Glad to know my blog is informative. Sorry to hear you can't grow blueberries.. I will be sure to eat one for you... I think there might be one ready to eat this weekend. :-)