Originally Posted by chris_zx2
When you say keep soil damp...could you elaborate. That's my biggest problem with keeping plants dormant, I tend to over water, but in my mind I was keeping the soil damp.
I always dug mine up and put them in buckets in the dark, damp basement in winter. I let them go dormant. About a teacup of water once a month or so is sufficient. You want the soil to feel dry but not be dry. I tried keeping some upstairs in pots and watered in the sun, and the dormant ones always caught up to them in about a month once planted back in the ground. I, personally would not bother with the grow lights, but to each his own.
I encourage all to test it out themselves. I would be thrilled to hear of other's conclusions. Get two plants about the same size and kind, dig them up. One goes dormant, the other, keep in sunlight or under grow lights. Put them out in spring next to each other and treat them the same. at the end of the season, how do they compare?
If you lose your head and give up, you neither live nor win.
Varieties I supposedly bought: Manzano, Cavendish, Blue Java, Sweetheart, and Gros Michel.
What it seems I actually have: Brazilian, Cavendish, Namwah, Dwarf Red, Gros Michel, Pisang Ceylon, Veinte Cohol and SH 3640, and American Goldfinger. FHIA 1, Paggi and FHIA 17... Always room for one more.