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Old 03-05-2019, 10:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hiya How to Wake up Bananas from long Winter dormancy.

Hey everybody. March is here and I am trying to wake up some of my plants to get a head start.
All of my nanas have been in my garage where temps are around 45 average and not all that much light.
All but two are with there roots wrapped with burlap so that they don't have to sit on the concrete. I was thinking of moving them inside by potting them up until they go back out into the ground.
What is your process with that.
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to Wake up Bananas from long Winter dormancy.

Hello, great question..I was wondering the same thing when I took mine out. I have kept in spare room growing over winter since I started, but wanted to try due to the low maint and room space. I took mine out of garage and left in a dark..low light room for 24 hrs to gradually raise temp. Some i cut almost all roots off, others just the dark ones i thought would die anyway. I used mostly coarse silica sand..planted, watered and couple started pushing in only 2 to 3 days. I think the key is root, bottom of pot temp..heat mat always helps to really get them going. Worked out good...but Id like to hear how others do it. I fig if they can survive in a 45degree garage..surely I couldnt kill em that fast.
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Default Re: How to Wake up Bananas from long Winter dormancy.

It’s all about soil temps! If in pots you can use heat mats or on sand with soil heating cables, etc. anything to warm the roots and corm.

In the ground I always remove the mulch and allow the sun to warm the sand. After you get a few weeks of good growth just cover the mulch back.
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