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Old 07-21-2008, 06:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Location: Wise County Texas Between Azle and Boyd North West of Fort Worth
Zone: USDA Zone 7b
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Joy Re: Zone 8 Homegrown Bananas

I live in zone 7b of north Texas. Last year dug up a big Orinoco; put it in the green house bare root. It was too tall to fit vertically and I had to lay it on its side. I have deemed the experiment to be a failure because the normal high winds we get here every year it snapped off when it started to bloom in June. It was not worth the effort in to dig up a heavy big one even though I was able to get an early bloom. See the pictures in my galleries I now have one a July bloomer from one that did not freeze all the way through the but it lost about 8 feet off the top and the four foot tall stump that did not die from the freezing is kind of ugly. I am going to try the digging up a Grand Nain, putting it in a 100-gallon pot, and keeping it under grow lights in a heated greenhouse this year and see if I can get an early bloom out of one of those here.
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