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Old 03-30-2007, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hardiness of Musa Sikkimensis "red tiger"?

I'm in southern Ohio (zone 6a). I order one of these to plant with my basjoos. Are they hardy in my zone? Hardy as basjoo? Any one have any luck with them coming back this spring?
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Hardiness of Musa Sikkimensis "red tiger"?

I live in zone 7a, and mine not only came back but the pseudostem survived underneath (and inside) a bag of leaves. Not sure about being AS hardy as M. basjoo, but it comes pretty close, IMHO. I would think that it would do ok for you, provided that you protect the root zone very well with several inches of mulch during the winter.
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Default Re: Hardiness of Musa Sikkimensis "red tiger"?

My Musa Sikkimensis isn't "Red tiger" (just green with a little red) but it is the first banana to grow in my yard, even before basjoo. The unprotected stems have not been killed in the past 3 years (since I've had it) although the winters haven't been much below the 20's. I think after all is tried out, it may be just as hardy as basjoo - at least in the southeast.



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Default Re: Hardiness of Musa Sikkimensis "red tiger"?

thanks for the info. Do they look more like a cavendish type banana rather than a basjoo when they are grown (ex. leaf appearance). Do you have any pics of yours?
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not the best picture. (Tallest one in center) Maybe bigdog has a better one.

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what type of banana is next to the sikkimensis?
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a newly planted 'Bordelon' to the left. The banana to the far right is a Raja puri pup from a friend.
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My M. sikkimensis is much smaller than that, having just planted it out last year. I think I have a pic or two in my gallery. The red splotching on the newer leaves faded out after it got a little size to it. Really looks nothing like a Cavendish IMHO. Here it is last August. That small pseudostem survived with just a bag of leaves placed over the top of it, and it's working on opening up its first full leaf right now.

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This banana in amazing. It has started leafing out from a 4" pencil thin pseudostem, after surving a really tough winter. I'd say this one is definatly the second hardiest banana available, if not just as hardy.
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