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Old 04-30-2013, 11:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: growing bananas in northern/central north carolina?

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Originally Posted by Feistywidget View Post
A couple things to note (just for the sake of clarification)

They would be grown outdoors in the ground

Edible varieties with no seeds

I'm wondering if I can grow them in the central or northern parts of N. Carolina; the gardening zone would be 7b and north of Raleigh.

I've found varieties of bananas where the minimum required grow zone is 8a/8b.
However would it be possible to grow bananas that have this zone requirement (listed above) in 7b?

Would they need any protection? If so how would I go about doing this?
To grow bananas inground year round at your location you would need a tall green house. Otherwise forget it. I lived south of you in Charlotte for 12 years and lost the whole mat several times until I figured a way. Mulching will kill the corms off faster.

Stick the largest pups you have in the ground after last chance of frost and you will have fruit - only if they are short cycle varieties. Grow out those pups in the house or a ventilated/heated green house. End of season, about mid Oct, dig out and pot the biggest pups to grow out indoors for next year.
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