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Old 10-20-2009, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi all,
I am really new to growing bananas, but not new to general gardening. I had a question regarding the overwintering of small banana plants. I am in Texas, zone 7b and it gets pretty chilly in the winter months. I have 4 new musas that I plan to group in a really large (25 gallon) pot for the purpose of keeping them going for the winter only (about 90 days). We are planning a garden space where they will be planted in spring. The person that I got the musas from told me that I need to keep them growing over the winter because they are new pups and some are not winter hardy here. In my area, bananas left outside don't really start breaking ground until June or July and I'd like to get a jump on that too. The varieties are Little Prince, Thai Gold, Goldfinger and Musa Rojo.


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Old 10-20-2009, 10:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome!



I would put them each in a 25 gallon pot.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I agree with that. Pot them individually, even if they are tiny.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome Pam!!

I am in Central Texas, Zone 8a!!!

Bananas are NEVER a bad idea...wishing you success!!

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Old 10-20-2009, 01:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Haha, no bad ideas when it gets to bananas
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard, Pam ! Sounds like a super idea! When grown indoors over the winter, I believe watering & fertilizing should be minimal. That's because most bananas grow much slower during the winter. If anyone else has info on this, please join in.
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Now I really had to take a microscope to read your first post. Too small letters for me.
Welcome to the site btw.
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Now I really had to take a microscope to read your first post. Too small letters for me.
Welcome to the site btw.
I'll keep that in mind if I ever send you a letter . I write smaller than that!
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site! You'll enjoy it here and hopefully learn a lot about bananas! I agree with Jananas...pot them separately. Having such a large pot for three plants is going to lead for competition of resources (water, nutrients, sun) and will also end up with a HUGE mess of tangled roots you'll have to sort out in the spring which will be hard on you AND the plants. You'd probably be fine in 7 gallon pots for pups for that time period.

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Old 10-20-2009, 07:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Welcome.. I second lilraverboi (Bryon's) testiment on the tangled roots. Depending on the height of your plants I'd say you could use 15 gal for the banana's. A 29-30 gallon pot is pretty huge. If you have a good temp (65-75F) environment that size pot isn't going to restrict growth in any way shape or form over the winter. Just have light. :^)
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Welcome, When you say your bringing them inside are you bringing them in the house in front of a southern window or do you mean in the garage? The advise is a lil different if in the garage than it will be in the house.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:10 AM   #14 (permalink)
 
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Pinwheel Re: Hello from a newbie in Texas

Thanks for the warm welcome and answers. Where is that embarrassed banana? I'll put my reading glasses on and keep the text smaller.

I meant that I plan to bring them in the house which we keep at a pretty comfy 68-72 through the winter. I have a space under a skylight that I could place a large pot, but a tangled mess of roots does not sound like springtime fun

From the great feedback, it looks like I'm going back to the drawing board and figuring out where to store all those pots. My enabling friend sent me home yesterday with another banana. I'm off to read your advice on dormant winter storage vs keeping them in pots and in active growth. I have a lot to learn, but this looks like a wonderful place to get educated

Thanks again for the very warm welcome and the great advice!
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
 
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Welcome Pam!
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:59 AM   #16 (permalink)
 
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:02 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Welcome from Houston, TX! I'd keep them in individual pots and try to keep them on the dry side. Even at 68-72 they shouldn't require much water. Just keep an eye out for spider mites on the undersides of the leaves. Spider mite populations can build up quickly once your plants are inside. I'd recommend spraying your plants off very well with water before bringing them inside to hopefully blast off any hitchhikers.. You may want to spray them with some insecticidal soap or orange oil as well after the water spray.
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:25 AM   #18 (permalink)
 
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I'll be watching for spider mites and do plan on a good cleanup before they come inside the house. Thanks for the tips!

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