Originally Posted by jeffreyp
There are many banana varieties that will grow in zone 9a but even still I hope your grafting does confer some benefit.
Jeffreyp, has anyone harvested edible bananas in zone 9a in US?
I mean not in greenhouses, in the open field.
I was told that the Raja Puri was cold tolerant, but that wasn't true.
About 5 years ago we didn't have the Raja Puri here in Japan. Some guys, banana enthusiasts, imported few seedlings from Canada. I asked my brother to look for the Raja Puri in Brazil for me and as he couldn't find any in Brazil, he bought the Raja Puri in California and brought them to me here in Kameyama. Out of 72 seedlings only 5 survived the first winter and those that survived looked pretty bad. So I took 2 seedlings to Okinawa where the climate is subtropical and I have harvested good bananas these past years.
If you know edible bananas that can produce in the open field in zone 9a, could you tell me their names, please.