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Old 01-24-2008, 02:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: Name the cold hardy bananas!

Originally Posted by Tropicallvr View Post
Hey Joe, where did the Red come from?
I noticed that you have the large brazilian, and orinico listed as more cold hardy than the dwarf versions. Interesting, I wonder why?
The only speculation that I have is that the tall versions would have stouter stems, and hence, more protection from the cold.

If in the same clump, it is the tall ones that gets fried leaves first during frost events. But the cold hardiness that I am talking about would be the pseudostems. If the pseudostems survive and how green they are, would be the primary determinant of having fruits after the winter season.

Leaves never ever count for me as a basis of cold hardiness. It is a given that all banana cultivars will have fried leaves after every winter, including M. basjoo, except at one instance when it was unseasonably warm (Nov 2001- Mar 2002, IIRC) and all the leaves of M. sikkimensis, D. Brazilian and C. Gold came out undamaged while M. basjoo suffered minor damage. But it was unreplicated event.
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