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Old 09-25-2014, 03:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Musa Orinoco root hardy in zone 7a?

I have about 8 or so Orinoco, one is about 16 feet with leaves, the others are all about 7 including leaves. I am thinking of testing one in ground over the winter with mulch. Anybody have success doing this in zone 7a? I dont care about the fruit. I just like the looks and growth rate of the Orinoco compared to Basjoo.
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Old 09-25-2014, 09:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Musa Orinoco root hardy in zone 7a?

im in zone 7a in middle tennessee..i have Orinocos outside but the basjoos fair better..if your gonna leave the orinocos out mulch them really heavy..this winter is supposed to be nasty for us. im bringing mine in tomorrow..
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Default Re: Musa Orinoco root hardy in zone 7a?

Yep, supposed to be pretty cold, and if there is a lot of rain and snow, kinda worried it might rot. I live in the woods so I will heap a couple of feet of leaves on it lol
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Default Re: Musa Orinoco root hardy in zone 7a?

From my experience Orinoco seems to be more rot resistant than other bananas. I once grew Orinoco in damp cool conditions in zone 9 and never had rot problems.
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ive never had rot problems with the Orinoco...my saba on the other hand yeah that had rot problems....that hurt me deeply i cried when my saba died...
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Musa velutina is rot resistant too.
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