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Old 09-13-2017, 08:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Banana Plant to produce fruit zone5/6

Originally Posted by crusader657 View Post
Personally I'd go for dormancy, but not sure what others think. Don't forget that they will withstand terrifically low temperatures, especially if kept on the dry side, so had you considered planting it outside? Maybe you live somewhere at the very extremes of cold, but mine have been outside in a frosty part of Southern England for a couplke of decdes now, fruiting probably every other year. Not sure what USDA zone we are, but it gets down to well below freezing occasionally here in the winter, perhaps hitting 18f, around -9c on occasion. Until about 25f, about -4c the pstem is ok, but it's getting risky below that.
If you decide to force dormancy then don't forget to use plenty of anti-fungal powder of some sort.
Thanks and yes I have considered planting it outside, which I may do come spring. Being that temps are already dropping, I am a little hesitant to plant in ground now because I am unsure if it will be able to establish itself and acclimate well enough before freezing temps.
Also, I am trying to get as much growth as I can before planting in ground. Not sure how accurate it is, but my theory is that I will get faster results without the plant dealing with subzero temps. It does get far below freezing here during a rough winter.
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