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Old 08-12-2022, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Growing a Dwarf Orinoco in zone 7A

Trying to achieve growing banana plants in WA state. I have a Basjoo, a Dwarf Cavendish, and a Dwarf Orinoco. My thoughts are that the Basjoo will survive, the Cavendish will die, but the Orinoco Iím not too sure about. Iíve read itís hardy to zone 7B, but Iím in zone 7A. Do you think itís worth trying to heavily mulch and wrap it to see if itíll make it? Or is it pretty much guaranteed to die? Thanks.

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Old 08-13-2022, 01:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Growing a Dwarf Orinoco in zone 7A

I am a fan of trying things out, as long as you have backups. I've heard of people getting DO to survive winter outdoors in cooler climates with adequate protection, but I haven't been able to.

I am a little Northwest of you, slightly cooler, roughly Zone 6B, and depending on where in Washington you are, probably just as wet.

I had mine covered with a large pile of wood mulch under a tarp, and it didn't come back. To be fair, with that structure, I created a nice place for rodents to hang out and I do think some of the plant was that may have contributed to my lack of success.

Anyway, because every situation is a little different, even within the same general area, I'd say give it a shot IF you are prepared to lose the plant.....and who knows, it just may work out for you.
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There are some Youtube videos on growing dwarf orinocos in zone 8a in North Carolina.

Maybe you could modify his suggestions for your colder climate?
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Default Re: Growing a Dwarf Orinoco in zone 7A

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Maybe you could modify his suggestions for your colder climate?
how bout we just modify some of his suggestions. i watched the video basically to see how he mulched. i saw some interesting things. one really negative.

he about lost me when he called the banana a tree , then clarified it was not a tree.

then almost lost me when he said it was his first ever banana.

when he was talking about mulching, he finely chopping up a leaf. said he was doing so to let water/rain pass thru to the banana. i like to mulch light.

but then he takes the p-stem and cuts it down, splits it in half, into split logs approximately 4x10inches, and lays them down around the pups. your covering 40 square inches of soil from moisture.

npk of wood ash 0/1/3 to 0/3/7

npk of banana leaf ash 1.75/0.75/0.5

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