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Old 10-13-2014, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I found a Musa Black Thai banana for $10 at a local nursery in Richmond that was having their end of season clearance on their banana plants. The tag on the plants says that they will go down to zone 6. I have looked online and websites say from zone 6 to zone 9 minimum. I am in 7b. Anyone have any experience growing these in zone 7? I planted it at the end of August and it has already grown about 5 feet. It's going a lot quicker than my Basjoos.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I got my first Black Thai earlier this year... It is a rapid grower as well... I can't provide any help for you right now, but I'll let you know in the Spring if it survives a Tennessee winter...
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I am definitely going to look into getting one, damn, i never see anything like that in the home depots,etc. over here.
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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It has been overwintered in ground in KY for a few years now with 12 inchs of mulch..leaving one out this winter to try myself
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Good stuff! Thanks for chiming in*
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Fast grower, I chickened out and brought mine in for one more year. I am hoping a more established plant can take the cold. Mine has not adjusted from being dug up and potted like my Sikkimensis, and velutina have. They are already leafed out, and it is still sitting there. I hope it survives outdoors next year, its a beautiful naner and I am probably going to get several more if it does.
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I grew this banana for several years. Each year it came back less robust until two years ago when it finally died. I didn't protect it but it was planted on the south side of my house with some natural protection. It might have done better if I would have wrapped it but I had too many other plants at the time to worry about the Black Thai. I consider it suspect in my zone without protection.

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Old 04-11-2015, 12:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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I'm in zone 9b in ca. As a rule I always baby mine the first year, leaving them in pots and bringing them in for their first winter. Then in may they go in the ground when the ground is warm enough.
When taking them back outside don't forget to slowly acclimate them back to the sun.
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Can you overwinter outside if your pots are burried in the ground? I was thinking about this when I was planting aome dwarf norinicos. This is my first year so felt more comfortable with them in pots right now. Thanks.
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In zone 7 i wouldnt take a chance. Thai's make great winter houseplants. Check into other wYs to winter
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I should of been more specific...these are for dwarf norinicos. I do have a spare room with grow lights...also an attic where I can use heat tape. Perhaps Ill have to experiment when the time comes and see what survives.
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