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Old 06-15-2007, 07:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: hardiness of musa thomsonii?

Joachim, that's interesting. I still think it might work here, because our soil never freezes (when I say never, I'm overlooking the 100 year events) below about 2 inches or so, rarely even below 1 inch. Last winter, we had one daytime high below 32F, and the winter before that there were no highs below freezing. So despite our zone designation as zone 7a, winters are actually pretty mild, even though we see some low temperature spikes at night several times per winter. We have seen four zone 8a winters in a row here also. N2tropicAL (Hayes) lives in a zone 8a in Alabama, and can grow twice the number of bananas that I can here, so I don't think hardiness will be too much of a problem for him. You never know though! Thanks for your experiences, Joachim! How large were the plants that you protected? Did the corm survive on any of them?
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