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Old 04-05-2008, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I checked my red tiger bananas and they seemed to have made it through the winter in southern ohio. I used the bagged leaf method to winter them over. Looks like they did as good or better than the basjoos.
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Old 04-05-2008, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Iwabirds,
i have a basjoo also!
This is my 1st spring with the bananas. Iam afraid to uncover now with all the rain and temps plumeting at night!
Did you sneak a peek and cover it back up, or did you uncover your bananas completely?

Please reply....an inquiring mind wants to know! And do you have a picture?
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Old 04-05-2008, 03:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Those tigers are super cold hardy! If they turn out to be more hardy than M.basjoo it wouldn't surprise me, my pencil thin plant make it though a winter in the teens(F) in an unheated greenhouse in a one gallon pot.
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Old 04-05-2008, 06:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just peaked under the bags. I did take the tops bags off the basjoos and they grew a few inches today which made it hard to put them back on. I'm going to wait until next weekend to remove my bags..............don't wan't a late freeze like last year.
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Southern ohio here also. Ill have to put them on my to get list!

I just noticed new growth on my basjoo today. Mines already totally uncovered so I sure hope we don't have a late frost like last year.
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Pulled my cover off my Basjoo's two weeks ago and they are already growing. I think as long as it stays above freezing they are fine. If there's a frost, I'll just put a sheet over them. This is my second year with these dudes and I think they are tougher than you realize. I have some others that were just cut to the ground and pulled through with only a little mulch. Also, my Lasiocarpas pulled through in muddy clay soil. No protection, not even mulch! They weren't even big. Three little corms 1 1/2 inch in dia. I'm not sure that these aren't as hardy as Basjoo. This winter I'm gonna give Sikkimensis a try. I hope I have as good luck with these as I did with the others.
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" Also, my Lasiocarpas pulled through in muddy clay soil. No protection, not even mulch!"


natedogg, you have one of these outside with no protection at all in kansas???? was it against a wall or in a microclimate?? im curious, as i have a huge one, that will stay in the house, but i have 4 pups on it. how did you accomplish this feat? i would like to put 1 outside as a specimine, but am having mixed feelings about it due to tn.'s freaky wheather. please do tell, im excited to know!!!! thanks
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Yea, no mulch last winter. It was more neglect than experimentation. They were in a slight micro climate, I guess. On the south side of my deck about 3ft. from my house. You can see one leaf in pic. 004 in my gallery if you look close. It's in front of my tiny Castor bean. That'll give ya an idea where they grew. They are said to be nearly as hardy as Basjoo. They should winter fine in your area. My buddy has been growing them for three years with the cage method. He had a flower last year!
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thanks nate will keep that in mind wheni transplant a pup.
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My sikkis are uncovered and look pretty mushy. I cut a lot of the mush and am now seeing white tissue. I hope they are alive because I find them much more showy than my basjoos. They are also kind of hard to find as pups.
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I layed a black garbage of leaves over mine and they wintered over.
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Is a red tiger a plantain or desert banana ?

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Is a red tiger a plantain or desert banana ?

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Neither. They are referring to Musa sikkimensis 'Red Tiger', a wild species from the Himalayan region.
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