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Old 04-24-2014, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's a link to some huge ensete bananas in zone 4. This guy also had a windmill palm in the ground for 20+ yrs. I ordered some of the same bananas so I can start using this technique to keep them alive in zone 5.


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Old 04-24-2014, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah, I've been watching that guy's progress for a while now. Searching for him actually helped me stumble across this forum!

I would love to try his methods and see how they do in 5b Nebraska!
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I lived in Utah a few years back and I took a trip to visit his place. It is impressive what he has kept alive year after year. he keeps a few texas star bananas alive each winter unter a homemade styrofoam box with a single compact flouresent light bulb left on 24-7
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Those are huge, I have been digging mine up for three years now, each year it's a little harder on the back. How big will these things get?
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About 20 feet+...

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The man in the link says the 4 foot stump weighs several hundred pounds! Oh man, I just bought a little one a week ago. I'm keeping it in a pot this year. I'll probably put in the ground next year when I find a place. I guess I have a few years before I have to figure out how to wrestle a real monster! I can't wait to see the neighbors' reactions!
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