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Old 02-28-2011, 04:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Default Re: Musa sikkimensis-the best banana for leaf hardiness?

This is interesting reading.

I live in Norway, and it seems Sikkimensis settle in the ground faster, and grow much better at cooler temperatures than Basjoo. But in terms of winter-hardiness basjoo still wins up here. It could be related to the fact that winters here can be very wet. Perhaps sikkimensis needs more dry conditions to get through the winter unharmed. In previous experiments basjoo pseudostems remained much more intact than sikkimensis pseudostems.

Musa sp. "Helen" is in my experience not as hardy as full-blooded sikkimensis or basjoo. But the growth of Musa sp. "helen" is very vigirous.
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