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Old 10-13-2013, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger cold hardy to ?

I am thinking about ordering Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger, but different sites say different things about their hardiness. Are they root hardy to at least zone 7?
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Default Re: Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger cold hardy to ?

I have a Double Mahoi and a Pisang Raja pup that are too big to mail and I would like to avoid them to going to waste. (organically grown) I don't know any total-plant-nuts around here yet. I mostly looking for nice troopial looking plants to accent my bananas. Until I taste the fruit from all the varieties I currently have, I'm not really looking for more unless you have something reputed great and less common like Chini Champa or Pisang Klotek. Send me a PM if you are interested. Thank you.
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In response to Siege: I'm planting it in Zone 5, so I hope so.

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In response to Siege: I'm planting it in Zone 5, so I hope so.

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I had one for several years in zone 7 in Knoxville, TN, unprotected.
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I am trying to germinate seed right now, but after reading how difficult red tiger is to sprout for some people, I might just buy a plant.
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Default Re: Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger cold hardy to ?

Hi guys,

I have a musa sikkimensis sp manipur (= red tiger I guess) in my backyard that survived unprotected after the killing 2012 freeze here in Toulouse (southwestern France). Miminum temps went as low as -12/-15C (10/5F). Note that the ground remained consecutively frozen during 3 weeks.
According to me sikkim is as hardy as standard basjoo.

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Default Re: Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger cold hardy to ?

I have a mat of Red Tiger in my backyard that's been coming back for four years. It gets huge and has many pups. It comes up later than the Basjoo which is a good thing, as we can have some late spring frosts. I live in the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon where it's supposed to be zone 7.
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I am trying to germinate seed right now, but after reading how difficult red tiger is to sprout for some people, I might just buy a plant.

That's your best option, honestly. In order to get a few plants, you'd probably need to buy about 100 seeds and hope they were fresh enough for a few of them to sprout. If you can find a young plant, better to just buy one and plant it in early spring after last frost.

I wouldn't rate it quite as hardy as M. basjoo or M. itinerans var. itinerans, but it's right behind those 2 (and probably on par with M. yunnanensis).
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That's your best option, honestly. In order to get a few plants, you'd probably need to buy about 100 seeds and hope they were fresh enough for a few of them to sprout. If you can find a young plant, better to just buy one and plant it in early spring after last frost.

I wouldn't rate it quite as hardy as M. basjoo or M. itinerans var. itinerans, but it's right behind those 2 (and probably on par with M. yunnanensis).
Yep I only have 10 seeds so I am guessing no nanners lol
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Yep I only have 10 seeds so I am guessing no nanners lol
Ugh, I only have 6. . . time to break out the heating pad.
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