Bananas.org

Welcome to the Bananas.org forums.

You're currently viewing our message boards as a guest which gives you limited access to participate in discussions and access our other features such as our wiki and photo gallery. By joining our community, you'll have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload photos, and access many other special features. Registration is fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Go Back   Bananas.org > Banana Forum > Cold Hardy Bananas
Register Photo Gallery Classifieds Wiki Chat Map Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Cold Hardy Bananas This forum is dedicated to the discussion of bananas that are able to grow and thrive in cold areas. You'll find lots of tips and discussions about keeping your bananas over the winter.


Members currently in the chatroom: 0
The most chatters online in one day was 17, 09-06-2009.
No one is currently using the chat.

Reply   Email this Page Email this Page
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-15-2021, 06:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
Location: Smyrna, GA
Zone: 7b/8a border
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 6
BananaBucks : 1,181
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 5 Times
Was Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Ice Cream Banana/8a Desert Bananas

Does anyone here have any experience with Ice Cream Bananas in 8a? I got into keeping tropical fruit trees this year, and am looking at getting into cold hardy bananas. I had my eyes on Ice Cream bananas because they appear to be quite cold hardy from what I've read, but whether they fruit in my zone can be up for debate. If they don't do well in my area, does anyone have recommendations for 7b/8a desert bananas?
Polypterus is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To Polypterus

Join Bananas.org Today!

Are you a banana plant enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Bananas.org is owned and operated by fellow banana plant enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information. Receive all three issues from Volume 1 of Bananas Magazine with your membership:
   

Join Bananas.org Today! - Click Here


Sponsors

Old 08-16-2021, 01:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
smeash's Avatar
 
Location: Ft Walton Beach FL
Zone: 9a
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 666
BananaBucks : 15,722
Feedback: 2 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 385 Times
Was Thanked 866 Times in 442 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 72 Times
Default Re: Ice Cream Banana/8a Desert Bananas

If by "ice cream" you mean namwah, i think you could fruit them in your zone. I would add orinoco to the list as well. True "ice cream", meaning blue java may fruit for you.. you just need to protect the stems ovrer winter with frost cloth or other fabric.
smeash is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To smeash
Said thanks:
Old 08-16-2021, 01:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
Location: Smyrna, GA
Zone: 7b/8a border
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 6
BananaBucks : 1,181
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 5 Times
Was Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Re: Ice Cream Banana/8a Desert Bananas

Quote:
Originally Posted by smeash View Post
If by "ice cream" you mean namwah, i think you could fruit them in your zone. I would add orinoco to the list as well. True "ice cream", meaning blue java may fruit for you.. you just need to protect the stems ovrer winter with frost cloth or other fabric.
I'm referring to blue java, but I am also open to namwa depending on which would do better in the region, or maybe if one has a definitively better flavor. Despite being on the 7/8 border, our yearly lows are usually around 21-24 degrees, so I'm hoping that will be enough to get by with just frost cloth. If necessary though, I am willing to mulch around the pseudostem, or dig the plant up during winter.

I have also considered orinoco bananas, but from what I've read, they're mainly a cooking banana, which is lower priority for me than a dessert banana. I want something I can pick off the tree and eat.
Polypterus is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To Polypterus
Old 08-23-2021, 08:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
Location: Acworth, Ga
Zone: 8
Name: Zach
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 85
BananaBucks : 4,128
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 50 Times
Was Thanked 97 Times in 50 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Re: Ice Cream Banana/8a Desert Bananas

Quote:
Originally Posted by Polypterus View Post
Does anyone here have any experience with Ice Cream Bananas in 8a? I got into keeping tropical fruit trees this year, and am looking at getting into cold hardy bananas. I had my eyes on Ice Cream bananas because they appear to be quite cold hardy from what I've read, but whether they fruit in my zone can be up for debate. If they don't do well in my area, does anyone have recommendations for 7b/8a desert bananas?
Hey, Iím up the road from you in Acworth and have had great success with Namwa. Iíve tried the fruit from my own garden and have left them outside over winter. It takes a little bit of work to protect them from the low 20ís, but it isnít all that bad. Iíve gotten other cold hardy bananas to fruit for me as well. For our area, a Namwa flagging in the middle of August is pushing it, but itís salvageable. Youíll have to cut some bottom hands off to help them fill faster. I was lucky and got a June flower on one of my unknown edibles this year. I think itís Rana Puri. Check out my Flickr page
__________________
https://flic.kr/p/2mRCU9s
Zalin124 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To Zalin124
Said thanks:
Old 08-23-2021, 09:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
Location: Smyrna, GA
Zone: 7b/8a border
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 6
BananaBucks : 1,181
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 5 Times
Was Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Re: Ice Cream Banana/8a Desert Bananas

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zalin124 View Post
Hey, Iím up the road from you in Acworth and have had great success with Namwa. Iíve tried the fruit from my own garden and have left them outside over winter. It takes a little bit of work to protect them from the low 20ís, but it isnít all that bad. Iíve gotten other cold hardy bananas to fruit for me as well. For our area, a Namwa flagging in the middle of August is pushing it, but itís salvageable. Youíll have to cut some bottom hands off to help them fill faster. I was lucky and got a June flower on one of my unknown edibles this year. I think itís Rana Puri. Check out my Flickr page
Awesome, I appreciate the help. I found someone selling namwah, blue java, and raja puri, so I think I'm going to try all of those. It's nice to have someone in the area to tell me what works and what doesn't!
Polypterus is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To Polypterus
Sponsors

Old 08-23-2021, 09:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
Location: Charleston, SC
Zone: 8-B
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 892
BananaBucks : 30,727
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 296 Times
Was Thanked 1,265 Times in 540 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 2 Times
Default Re: Ice Cream Banana/8a Desert Bananas

Quote:
Originally Posted by Polypterus View Post
Awesome, I appreciate the help. I found someone selling namwah, blue java, and raja puri, so I think I'm going to try all of those. It's nice to have someone in the area to tell me what works and what doesn't!
Zalin124 should be an excellent resource for you being in your general area. Check out his garden. Impressive!
wstrickland1 is online now   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To wstrickland1
Said thanks:
Old 08-23-2021, 10:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
smeash's Avatar
 
Location: Ft Walton Beach FL
Zone: 9a
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 666
BananaBucks : 15,722
Feedback: 2 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 385 Times
Was Thanked 866 Times in 442 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 72 Times
Default Re: Ice Cream Banana/8a Desert Bananas

Quote:
Originally Posted by Polypterus View Post
Awesome, I appreciate the help. I found someone selling namwah, blue java, and raja puri, so I think I'm going to try all of those. It's nice to have someone in the area to tell me what works and what doesn't!
Raja puri has been a hearty plant for me.. an added bonus is its short stature which makes it easy to cover in the winter. You may also want to try a short cycle variety such as viente cohol.
smeash is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To smeash
Said thanks:
Old 08-23-2021, 11:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
 
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Zone: Zone 9a
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 1,195
BananaBucks : 44,548
Feedback: 0 / 0%
Said "Thanks" 2,457 Times
Was Thanked 2,279 Times in 781 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 128 Times
Default Re: Ice Cream Banana/8a Desert Bananas

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zalin124 View Post
Hey, Iím up the road from you in Acworth and have had great success with Namwa. Iíve tried the fruit from my own garden and have left them outside over winter. It takes a little bit of work to protect them from the low 20ís, but it isnít all that bad. Iíve gotten other cold hardy bananas to fruit for me as well. For our area, a Namwa flagging in the middle of August is pushing it, but itís salvageable. Youíll have to cut some bottom hands off to help them fill faster. I was lucky and got a June flower on one of my unknown edibles this year. I think itís Rana Puri. Check out my Flickr page
You have a great collection. Very healthy looking plants and great photos.
Akula is online now   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To Akula
Said thanks:
Old 08-23-2021, 11:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
 
Location: Acworth, Ga
Zone: 8
Name: Zach
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 85
BananaBucks : 4,128
Feedback: 1 / 100%
Said "Thanks" 50 Times
Was Thanked 97 Times in 50 Posts
Said "Welcome to Bananas" 0 Times
Default Re: Ice Cream Banana/8a Desert Bananas

Quote:
Originally Posted by Polypterus View Post
Awesome, I appreciate the help. I found someone selling namwah, blue java, and raja puri, so I think I'm going to try all of those. It's nice to have someone in the area to tell me what works and what doesn't!
Those are all great plants. Namwa has always been the most vigorous non-ornamental banana in my garden. I have Giant Namwa from Thailand too, but itís too early to tell if it grows faster than tall Namwa.
__________________
https://flic.kr/p/2mRCU9s
Zalin124 is offline   Reply With Quote Send A Private Message To Zalin124
Reply   Email this Page Email this Page






Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
growing bananas in the desert unclelahr Member Introductions 5 05-11-2018 08:04 AM
Desert Bananas EzrieAlan Main Banana Discussion 16 10-21-2014 09:01 AM
Bananas in the desert west-tx Cold Hardy Bananas 17 04-15-2013 07:35 PM
Top 5 Best Tasting Desert Bananas? edzone9 Main Banana Discussion 9 02-08-2013 01:57 PM
Bananas in the Arabian desert Heater Main Banana Discussion 17 06-27-2011 04:49 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:26 PM.





All content © Bananas.org & the respective author.