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Old 11-21-2017, 10:56 AM   #541 (permalink)
 
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I live in Va. and I haven't dug mine up for many years............my process is lengthy as well. I cut them back to about 3 ft. I wrap them in their own leaves and put socks on the t ops where the cuts are. I heavily mulch them and also place bag of leaves around them to insulate them for the winter here in SWVA..........then I place plant hoops or use tomato cages around them and cover them with a tarp held down by tent stakes and secured by rope............lots of work, but I am getting an average of 18' trees from this. Just want to be in a climate t hat I don't have to do this.
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:09 PM   #542 (permalink)
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I live in Va. and I haven't dug mine up for many years............my process is lengthy as well. I cut them back to about 3 ft. I wrap them in their own leaves and put socks on the t ops where the cuts are. I heavily mulch them and also place bag of leaves around them to insulate them for the winter here in SWVA..........then I place plant hoops or use tomato cages around them and cover them with a tarp held down by tent stakes and secured by rope............lots of work, but I am getting an average of 18' trees from this. Just want to be in a climate t hat I don't have to do this.
If your plants are Basjoos you will never have to do this again......
More than likely they are...
Do you have a pic?

Many folks do way too much fuss for Basjoos than is needed.
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Brought most in for the Winter..they will stay here until March..early April. I take some outside when the weather permits. I try to let them get as much real sun as possible.

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3 more months to go..all seem to be doing OK.


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3 more months to go..all seem to be doing OK.


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@GMichael403 - Wow now thats dedication to bring in plants that big. I hope they survive and thrive for next year. It's ironic as I just bought my plants in November and am slowly starting to bring them into the outdoors for more sun to get them hardened off. Hopefully not too many cold spells but as long as it is 50 and over they will stay outside. Anything under 50 and I take them inside.

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I have 8 in pots and the rest are cut back and insulated and covered up here in Va........only 8o here.................and No even Musa Bajoo don't make it unless you protect them and heavily mulch.
Enjoy Fla.............I heard it is under 50 there in some parts..................yikes............Climate Alteration for sure.
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Hi all! I have a 1st year ice cream Banana and a dwarf Cavedish in its 2nd year. I live in zone 8a. I'm so confused on the best way to winterize them to get *fruit* .I keep reading and reading but mostly find info about keeping them alive. They are in the ground right now.

Can someone give me a guaranteed way of winterizing to get fruit eventually? It can get into the teens here sometimes but we have long and hot summers about 7 to 8 months out of the year. Please help and thank you!
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took the day off work to bring my tropicals inside
i will update this post with pics once it is light out.....
considering:
a) cut most tall bananas in half
b) leave "musella lasiocarpa" outside a while longer until it becomes affected by cold/frost

i got too busy for pics
eating some lunch right now
need to keep at it
i will post pics later
it is going to be a challenge to get everything to fit

with the help of two friends, all of the plants except the "musella lasiocarpa" are inside
i had to break into new territory because the plants did not fit into the space used last winter
so i will need to hang some lights... and i need more black and white
working on uploading a couple pics....

ok so here are some pics
a couple "before"
and some after being cut in half due to space issues
plus them in the basement in their home for the winter







the area in the right side of the last pic is new and needs lights hung above it
i was thinking of hanging four 4foot shop lights(2t8's)

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As others have posted, the process of moving some nanas inside has started. The previous years I had as much as 20 inside..many adults. This year I wont have as many large ones, but have more pups and corms to get big. I am only half the way there..but the harder work is behiend me now. I have never dry rooted before, as there are very few houses here with basements (only the old 40's,50's) may have them. My friends father has one, so I am going to try a few of my larger ones that way. So..we shall see. That process seems much easier! So will be excited if it works.
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Yesterday was the time to get it done, since I have a greenhouse I decided to see what happens if I plant these big plants indoors. I figured they were close enough to fruiting that I won't have to much of a problem in there, I need to take pictures how the greenhouse looks, it looks like a jungle!


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As you can see I took off all the leaves except for 4. I think..

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Very Cool! Would love to see pics of your jungle greenhouse!
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This is how it looks coming in the door

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These are the three big Iholena's



These next four pictures are in the back side of the greenhouse.









And to top it off a dwarf cav. is putting out a flower! that'll make three bunches.

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WOW, looks amazing...looks like all your hard work is worth it. You have some happy andd beautiful plants..great work.Thanks for posting pics!
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AWESOME!!! Amazing! Great work!
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Hi all! I have a 1st year ice cream Banana and a dwarf Cavedish in its 2nd year. I live in zone 8a. I'm so confused on the best way to winterize them to get *fruit* .I keep reading and reading but mostly find info about keeping them alive. They are in the ground right now.

Can someone give me a guaranteed way of winterizing to get fruit eventually? It can get into the teens here sometimes but we have long and hot summers about 7 to 8 months out of the year. Please help and thank you!
keeping them alive where you are is the largest part of the battle. it depends on YOU, how far your willing to take it and how much knowledge you have at the present time to keep these plants alive. those plants do not readily grow in your zone, you can do it but nobody can guarantee anything. large climate controlled green house would be a start.
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Old 10-31-2018, 04:30 PM   #557 (permalink)
 
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As every one has said, lots of very good info.
my question is, can you dry/bare root store them in a mostly dark basement that stays warm, say, 68-70 f ?. think they are basjoo's 5-6 ft p stems,, left one cigar leaf on top.

sorry if this is in the thread already, didn't see it but I could have missed it
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As every one has said, lots of very good info.
my question is, can you dry/bare root store them in a mostly dark basement that stays warm, say, 68-70 f ?. think they are basjoo's 5-6 ft p stems,, left one cigar leaf on top.

sorry if this is in the thread already, didn't see it but I could have missed it
Mine are in a dimly light basement that stays around 60F, if they are Basjoo's mulch them and leave them in the ground.
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I am very happy to read this. Appreciate your sharing
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I have some that I put in my plant room, I have a few dry root in frends basement this year too. Ive had good luck with my sparebedroom/plant room..with a few t-8s, space heater, and a daily mist. I removed 6 pups from my Brazilian, that is one of the ones in first pic.
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