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It's almost spring here in Portland and I just checked my California Gold banana under the frost cloth wrap I made. After cutting away a little of the rotted portion I saw the green center, which means it is alive and doing fine. I wrapped the stem in frost cloth, mulched over almost the entire thing with soil and leaves and during snow events I put a black plastic bag over the top of it all. We have had several snow events here. That means 2 in or less on the ground. It's usually less. So it can, along with Basjoo, be grown here and weather wise we are pretty much over the hump.
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My California Gold banana probably died. I was gone for over a month and my mom was taking care of it. It is in a pot now and since it was past the frost date something else must have happened. Maybe too much water or sun. Stem was mushy and the corm is brown. Scraped it off and am now going to let it hang out it in the pot to see if it regrows. Basjoo is still alive and happy in the ground.

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Bummer, I hope it recovers for you. Surviving a winter with snow is a difficult task for any banana!

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Thanks. The weird thing is it survived the winter fine. It was green on the inside of the pseudo stem about a month ago and it hasnít been freezing since then.
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I would assume it got over watered while you were gone. Too much water = rot! Especially when it isn't hot.

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