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Old 08-23-2018, 10:00 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Default Re: The North Carolina Banana Experiment

Originally Posted by JCA433 View Post
It is only mid summer and the warm weather should continue for several more months. The sun declination +11.28 today in the northern hemisphere is very similar to April 19 and that is still high although not as high as July, June or May. It is higher than every day this year prior to April 19. Still a very long time before frost is a problem. Banana plants in the south should be fine until at least December.
I will see frost likely the first week of November. The problem is I need time and heat for a bunch to mature. I've read it takes about 60 days for a bunch to ripen, so that means I really need the flower to emerge by Labor Day to have a shot. I think last year it frosted around November 7, and remember, in October we are quickly losing growing degree units. I need the heat of September to really get some maturity...not to mention we are losing daylight quickly. I'm not THAT far south.
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