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Old 03-18-2014, 08:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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And then....I tuck the containers in here and there.
Let me say that your bananas add a NICE tropical effect to your garden.
It's just me or there's a Musa Rose in there? I thought it was too tropical to be capable of surviving with such hard treatment.

Banana do require really little water while in low methabolism in a wind-free enviroment. I have been surprised that my banana kept indoor since november, have required just 3 big waterings in 4 months.
But I don't know about light. I wonder if i can keep a nana in complete darkness. I mean, a potted one. I'm experimenting with a plant in my cellar pretty much like the bigdog method, but this is soilless, so i don't think it really counts. The lack of soil pretty much forces the banana into sleep from starving. So the lack of light isn't noticed. I wonder what kind of effect it can be experienced on a potted plant.
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My big ones will have to stay out next winter, i am thinking pups 3 feet tall or less will make the garage trip next fall.
Agreed....better to be safe than.....holding a squishy banana
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Let me say that your bananas add a NICE tropical effect to your garden.
It's just me or there's a Musa Rose in there? I thought it was too tropical to be capable of surviving with such hard treatment.

Banana do require really little water while in low methabolism in a wind-free enviroment. I have been surprised that my banana kept indoor since november, have required just 3 big waterings in 4 months.
But I don't know about light. I wonder if i can keep a nana in complete darkness. I mean, a potted one. I'm experimenting with a plant in my cellar pretty much like the bigdog method, but this is soilless, so i don't think it really counts. The lack of soil pretty much forces the banana into sleep from starving. So the lack of light isn't noticed. I wonder what kind of effect it can be experienced on a potted plant.
Yes to your question.....the plants in my pics are in very very dim light .
And in containers with little water and the containers have a soilless mix which I have made....
Do you want current pics???????
I will take them.
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Yes to your question.....the plants in my pics are in very very dim light .
And in containers with little water and the containers have a soilless mix which I have made....
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I will take them.
Oh, it would be very nice to take a close view. Yes thanks.
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Not a pretty sight.
Plants in basement
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:32 PM   #27 (permalink)
 
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Thank you, this gives me an exact idea on how much light your plants get. Yes, i think i can overwinter in a similar way. It's amazing how much bananas can take and recover from, speaking about harsh enviroments.
I bet your soilless medium helps too.
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Can u take a pic with a flash so we can see all those plants?!
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Can u take a pic with a flash so we can see all those plants?!
This is a little better.
Standing on a six foot ladder pointing down.

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I do keep some tender ferns and bananas under light and warmth.
I replaced the small bulbs with 3x68 watt 6500k compact fluorescent bulbs.
900 watt equivalent.
I can't wait for the weather to break

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Wow the leaves on your ae ae look amazing for being inside all winter. Do u use a humidifier also?
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:52 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Wow the leaves on your ae ae look amazing for being inside all winter. Do u use a humidifier also?
No additional humidity was used...temps were 63-73 F though.
Lights on about 14 - 16 hours a day.
A few days I forgot to turn on the light before workoops
This plant actually did better than my Viente Cohol....hmmm

The plants in the basement the temps were about 63-68F which is a little tougher environment..brrr
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Why, I have soooooooo much to learn, reading though the posts, man I am going crazy with all the different names and all.
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OK Mike, what is the Varigated Nanner in the Pic ???? We need one, any pups for sale??? I have never seen anything like that around here ...
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That variegated nanner is a royal hawaian a'ea'e. Variegated pups used to sell for hundreds and hundreds of dollars, but now primarily through members here it has become somewhat more available.
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Current train wreck.
Split a bunch of stuff......give it a month.
Pups don't take kindly being taken from momma.
No leaves on the trees yet in the background.

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glad to see another Ohioan drag their grizzled indoor survivors out!
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Mine are not happy either.
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Mine are not happy either.
Soon they will all be doing the Happy dance.

I have some outside and some inside, my avg temp is not consistantly in the 55-65F or 12-18C range.
Cool and wet while not growing is not a good thing ......in the spring, for a banana plant.
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The wind today has kicked their butts, 4 kinked leaves so far.... all but pups are in the ground
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