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Old 04-11-2010, 07:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I just bought a Musa Gran Nain and the tag says it is hardy to 20-10 degrees F. is this true how hardy is the Gran Nain anyone had experience with it in temperate climates
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just bought a Musa Gran Nain and the tag says it is hardy to 20-10 degrees F. is this true how hardy is the Gran Nain anyone had experience with it in temperate climates
Rotted aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall the way down this season. Well, it's been one of the worst winters in Europe since 1960s and it wasn't protected at all. Lowest temps in zone 7b range.
The tag is sooooooooooo wrong. Don't trust it!
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Yeah I wouldn't believe that unless they are using 2ft of mulch on top of the corm & a small mat heater :^)
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As a general rule, NEVER trust what the tags say.
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just wondering if I could grow in in North Carolina in zone 8
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Yes, you could, but fruiting and survival is very questionable. The closest place to me where Grand Nains are cultivated is Mediterranean Spain, which is pretty much a zone 9/10 and specific, drier climate.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but Gran Nain is a cavendish variety....which are pretty susceptible to the cold. Then again, there are people on this board that grow bananas in zone 4 and 5, so really, it's totally possible. Like JD said, fruiting is questionable, but you could always do as we do in colder climates: dig up in the fall, pot or induce dormancy and plant back outside in the spring.
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surprisingly, mine did not perish in Charleston.
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I just got myself a Grand Nain too. I'm so excited about it. I'm in zone 9 so not too worried about the temp on the tag I just worry that they are not really the type they say they are. Good luck with it. They are supposed to be amazing producers and pretty hardy from what I read.

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I have 2, one that is on its way up from last year (last year it got pretty big as late as I planted it) and a young one we'll see how they do here :^)
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well it is worth a shot, my Dwarf orinocos slowly grew all winter I have just put them back out along with a Goldfinger i got from scott. I lost the stem on my Pisang Caylon and one Goldfinger they just fell over, so I cut them off and put them in the ground they are coming back. one DC died back to the crom, I thought it rotted so I just stuck it in the ground and low and behold it is beginning to grow a new plant. my little naner house work quit well this winter, hope to see a bloom this year maybe.
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I have just put them back out along with a Goldfinger i got from scott. One Goldfinger just fell over, so I cut them off and put them in the ground they are coming back.
I wish I would have good fortune with goldfinger.. Mine is small just sputtering along. Hopefully for the good :^)
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I have had better results with the dwarf Orinoco than any other
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I hear that I just posted one of mine.. She's exploding out of the ground compared to others overwintered in the ground. Grain nain is 2nd followed by RP & IC. ARH is dead last :^)
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I hope the tags are right. I just got one that says, 'Musa Zan Moreno'.
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