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Old 03-28-2021, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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After being in the garage all winter, they finally get to go outside for some fresh air.

On the far left Ensete ventricosum - It looked fantastic until about 3 weeks ago when the leaves just totally withered - maybe got too excited and gave it too much water.

Moving to the right - The big pot between the 2 smaller pots is one of my 2 dwarf orinocos (other one still in the garage), and as you can see it's not looking so hot - I think I may have overwatered it too. Hopefully it will come back. The other one (not pictured) is looking quite a bit better, although that is relative of course.

And the 2 on either side of the DA are Helen's Hybrids I separated from the main plants outside (still covered) at the end of last season. Not sure what I expected but they wintered in the garage really well. Looking forward to starting another patch with them assuming their outdoor parents fared well.

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Old 03-31-2021, 08:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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After being in the garage all winter, they finally get to go outside for some fresh air.

On the far left Ensete ventricosum - It looked fantastic until about 3 weeks ago when the leaves just totally withered - maybe got too excited and gave it too much water.

Moving to the right - The big pot between the 2 smaller pots is one of my 2 dwarf orinocos (other one still in the garage), and as you can see it's not looking so hot - I think I may have overwatered it too. Hopefully it will come back. The other one (not pictured) is looking quite a bit better, although that is relative of course.

And the 2 on either side of the DA are Helen's Hybrids I separated from the main plants outside (still covered) at the end of last season. Not sure what I expected but they wintered in the garage really well. Looking forward to starting another patch with them assuming their outdoor parents fared well.

Looking fine after being cooped up in your garage....they look like mine
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yeah they look good
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Trying to turbo charge the wake up process with a bit of water/fertilizer (not the plants which may have been over watered of course) sunshine and some extra heat.

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Hello all...I’m fairly new to growing bananas. I’m in zone 7a . I currently have a few musa bajoo, gold finger, dwarf Cavandish, Siam ruby, and red Abyssinian. I had them under grow lights all winter and lost a few. My question is. Is it safe to bring the trees outside with day high temps between high 50s - 65 and low temps in the mid 40s? Thank you very much
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The first time I saw someone making bonsai out of a banana tree , the idea was cool but I think it won't last long, the banana tree needs a large root zone to live, in such a narrow pot it will wither and die. You can plant the tree as you normally would and make a fake pot around the base of the tree )))
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[quote=Njbanana24;339754]Hello all...Iím fairly new to growing bananas. Iím in zone 7a . I currently have a few musa bajoo, gold finger, dwarf Cavandish, Siam ruby, and red Abyssinian. I had them under grow lights all winter and lost a few. My question is. Is it safe to bring the trees outside with day high temps between high 50s - 65 and low temps in the mid 40s? Thank you very much[/QUOTE

What are the temps in their current situation?

I certainly wouldn't keep mine out overnight at 45 at this point, but that is just me.

If it is bright and sunny during the day and high 50's or better I would definitely consider it, especially if up against a south facing wall or some similar situation.
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Hello all...Iím fairly new to growing bananas. Iím in zone 7a . I currently have a few musa bajoo, gold finger, dwarf Cavandish, Siam ruby, and red Abyssinian. I had them under grow lights all winter and lost a few. My question is. Is it safe to bring the trees outside with day high temps between high 50s - 65 and low temps in the mid 40s? Thank you very much
I would wait at least until you're out of the 40s at night. They aren't going to do a lot of growing until nighttime temps are in the 60s, but from my experience leaving them outside in the sunshine when it's in the 50s and 60s is a little bit better than them being kept in a slightly warmer garage and not getting sun.
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