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Cold Hardy Bananas This forum is dedicated to the discussion of bananas that are able to grow and thrive in cold areas. You'll find lots of tips and discussions about keeping your bananas over the winter.

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Old 06-03-2009, 12:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Default The Canadian system...

Originally Posted by sirmoebly View Post
...but it doesn’t help other people that live in your area on what to grow...
The Canadian system is worse because instead of temperatures they ONLY tell you what can grow there. That works fine as long as they have listed a plant that you want to grow. If you have a plant that will take down to a certain temperature their zones will not give you ANY temperatures. So, if you want to plant a Japanese Maple, you can find out if it will grow where you live (at least according to their map) but if you have something unusual you get no information to help you make an informed choice.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:57 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Default Re: The correct hardiness of Musa basjoo

I know this is an old question but I just wanted to add that I'm growing musa basjoo for about 8 years now in central nj & they get HUGE every year. I used to mulch them over winter in beginning but in recent years haven't had the time so I just leave the huge trunks and then in spring clean them up/cut them (they're a bit mushy in spring). They are well established now and I'm generally confident they will come back every year but just to be on the safe side I usually dig up a pup at the end of summer and put in a pot to bring inside for the winter. This way if they ever do die completely in the ground I have one to start over with. One thing I didn't see mentioned here is fertilizing. Banana plants are "heavy feeders". When they emerge in spring they are HUNGRY! I use the blue stuff fertilizer (can I say the brand name?) on them A LOT over the summer. I try to do it once per week but sometimes it's every 2-3 weeks. I also sprinkle slow release fertilizer pellets on the ground. I truly believe this helped them become established and return year after year. They are over 10 feet tall!
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:50 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Default Re: The correct hardiness of Musa basjoo

if the basjoo is less than a year old it wont winter properly. in my area I don't plant them till they are at least 18 months old. in colder areas id wait even longer before I plant them.
Keep shoveling on the potash till the ground bleeds
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Old 08-30-2014, 11:04 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Smile Re: The correct hardiness of Musa basjoo

Food for thought for you Basjoo lovers...

Hibernating a basjoo

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