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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 08-20-2008, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Well the Basjoo that I've been trying to nurse back to health, fertilizing, spraying with fungicide and letting it dry out in the warm weather met a new nemesis today.

I had cut off all the rotting leaves and there was one new one coming up.
However, the neighborhood squirrel decided to go digging in the pot (on my 4th floor terrace!) and had a wonderful time by the looks of it. I don't know how it did it but it managed to split the stem in two. No more new leaf. No nothing.

I have 2 small pups that are starting but don't seem to be doing much.

There is also what looks to be a large pup starting to develop off the base of the plant. No leaves or anything but somethings going on. Just the beginnings of a growth of some sort.

I'd just repotted it, but now I'm wondering if I should plant it in the yard for a month or so until I have to dig it up for the winter. That would maybe give it a better chance of getting healthy before nap time as I suspect the roots in the pot are too damp, even though I mixed sand in with the soil. I don't want to lose the pups!

Alternatively I was thinking of leaving it in the pot and not watering it as much and then putting it in the garage in October when it gets cold. (Though last night was fairly chilly!)

I'm open to suggestions!

I guess this is the squirrels way of getting back at me for putting chili powder on the lawn that it loves to dig up.
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Squirrels are a real pain inna rear! I have lil oak trees popping up in all ofmy plants from the acorns they buried in them . Nearly all of my pots have been excavated.
This year, When it gets cold enough, there'll be squirrel gumbo for sure .

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Old 08-20-2008, 08:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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There are, of course, more extreme measures :
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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But where was Bulwinkle when Rocky was getting launched, That was great!!!
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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OMG That is priceless. I like how the squirrel proned out as he flew.
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That was a lot better than what i was going to say - Hilarious!

Some home-made repellents that I have heard of:
Moth balls
Nicotine sulphate
Fake Owl

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Old 09-06-2008, 06:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Here is what I use to chase squirrels. Seems to work ok. That a a big fake pastic owl.

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