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Old 12-20-2015, 09:53 PM   #21 (permalink)
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You might have luck with Viente Cohol there where its warmer, but everywhere else it seems to be cranky and dies back before it blooms, and I pretty much want to throw mine off a cliff but just cant do it for some reason. I stashed mine under about 400 pounds of roots, tubers, bulbs, and 10 foot long Musa Orinoco stems under my house till spring as I have given up trying to grow it for fruit.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:56 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I did keep one veinte cohol pup in the house as a backup, and it's growing nicely, but it is about due to dieback for no reason whatsoever in a few weeks I imagine. So may launch it from a catapult this spring not sure.
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Old 12-21-2015, 09:01 AM   #23 (permalink)
 
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If I lived in zone 7 I don't think I would even bother with bananas. Just a drop in photoperiod makes many look bad.
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:46 PM   #24 (permalink)
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They are quite capable of living here and growing robustly depending on variety. Not everyone grows them for fruit, some of us grow them for their ornamental value and uncommonness, I have quite a few seeded fruit species that stay out year round and I get 20 foot tall plants by fall, and bananas occasionally on my edible types. A large percentage of us on Bananas.org do not live in year round warm places, its part of the fun. If they were common here I probably would have never bothered as all my plants are unusual or uncommon for this area, I am not into petunias, or marigolds, because everyone here has those. People stop and knock on my door asking for a start of this and that every summer, or ask me questions about my plants. Its the same for palms, here they are a rarity and get a lot of looks, It is a form of art in a way, in California they are considered weeds. I was quite impressed when I saw my first hardy palms, and basjoo growing in zone 6 north of here, and a hardy citrus tree as well.
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We are not warm year round besides this year. Gets in the 20s and banana plants turn to mush. We cut them back and the come back from corms. I want to replace my bananas with fruiting ones.
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:21 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Haha, yep. It has been in 50/60's the last week or so here, very unusual. Veinte cohol might do well there, but it is pretty sensitive to cold. I am not sure why but it will grow great indoors, and then just collapse. There is another short cycle banana called Patupi? I think, it might be something to try also, fruits quickly. I believe PR-Giants has it for sale occasionally.
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:36 AM   #27 (permalink)
 
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I am growing both the Veinte Cohol, and the Patupi. Both are short cycles. The Patupi is more cold hardy. Next year I am going to add another short cycle, Tigua. I think I will also try a SH 3640. I like growing bananas for the challenge. Challenge of growing a tropical plant that does not belong here. When you take good care of your plants they reward you with beauty, and rapid growth. Maybe someday even bananas. It's a passion that I want to share with others.
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:04 PM   #28 (permalink)
 
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Will any of you guys sell or trade veinte cohols. Lady told me she had them then 7 days later she won't return my messages so I can get them. I truly want to get them in the ground asap. I am growing things for my health and I am sharing with sick and disabled. I have shared at least $2000 worth this past year.
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I only have the one plant. I will probably have pups next year, but that will not do you any good now.send a private message to PR-Giants. Keith is a great guy that has loads of plants. He doesn't always respond right away, so keep bugging him. He sends the biggest corms you will ever see.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:48 PM   #30 (permalink)
 
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Patupi sounds awesome also.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:15 AM   #31 (permalink)
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The one I have indoors is a backup for the tall one under my house because I have a suspicion that its gonna croak under there, they are not real prolific puppers for me, and I need to get this one a few feet high by spring to have any success. I am going to try to get one to fruit one more time before completely giving up. I talk bad about it, but its because it frustrates me with its crankiness lol. I just checked Florida Hills and Wellspring gardens and they are both out unfortunately. I may have to try Patupi myself next year.
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