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Old 04-14-2019, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default When to take blue java outside

I've had it inside under grow lights all winter with temps in the 70s and 80s.

What temp will it be ok to take it outside to plant in the ground?

Will it die down in the 50s?
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: When to take blue java outside

I have same question - what is lowest temp they can take once out of greenhse - and I guess, for how long (clearly 10 minutes at "x" temp unless bitterly cold, will not set them back like a whole day, etc.
Next week supposed to be reliably over 50 (barely :-). But we have a day or two in May when can drop to high 40's for a few hrs.
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Default Re: When to take blue java outside

Guess no one knows. You'd think on a banana forum someone would know what temp would be ok to take it outside without damaging the plant.
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Default Re: When to take blue java outside

There was a post here a while ago which discussed temps and impact on nanna's. As I remember 50 and below sent them into deep slumber, for like a month. But how long they needed to be at that temp, do not remember - nor even if it was actually 50, or maybe a bit over? I am going to be on the safe side and hold out until night temps are reliably above 55 - which means averages closer to 58 or 60. I have had very good fruiting in years past, but unfortunately did not keep records of when I exposed them to the elements (not to mention that they were always planted in the earth - not in pots - now i have both, so am especially interested in the potted material as I have more control over that.
Anyway, check out archives and I would guess you will find the article. I will look soon :-), but still have a couple of weeks before I dump them out.
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Default Re: When to take blue java outside

Way to call folks out! Haha.

I leave my plants (namwa and unknown) in the ground year round as low as 21F with some protection. No damage on them until below 32F. I think the same is for Blue Java which is known as being cold hardy. Very little to no growth until night time temps are in the upper 50's. I have a flower that emerged this past February on my Unknown and temps were between mid 40's to upper 60's.
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Default Re: When to take blue java outside

Sorry about that. Lol. And thanks for the info. I'll probably just play it safe and keep it inside until nighttime temps are pushing 60.

Had to move it out of my makeshift greenhouse to make room for sulmtaler chicks coming in Wednesday.
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Default Re: When to take blue java outside

I have a small popup greenhouse outside with bananas in it. Daytime temps can reach the 80s inside but night time lows are in the low 40s. I have two AA type bananas and ABB types that are actively growing right now. I only bring the plants inside if the temps drop into the upper 30s. Your mileage may vary.....

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Default Re: When to take blue java outside

Depends on how big they are for me.
If they are small I'd wait until the nighttime temps were at least 60į+.
That's me though.
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If it is above freezing, shouldn't it grow no matter what?

Where I live it is never a prob, so I really don't take note of those things.
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If it is above freezing, shouldn't it grow no matter what?

Where I live it is never a prob, so I really don't take note of those things.
No. Bananas are typically a tropical fruit. Some will die if it's in the 50's. many will die or get damaged in the 40's.
Depending on size and when they were planted of course.

For a young plant to just be planted straight out without being hardened ioff or acclimated can cause issue.
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Default Re: When to take blue java outside

It’s all about ground temps. When soil temps about 3” down reach close to 45f-50f they will wake up or grow! Of course the warmer it is the better. A few weeks of very slow growth isn’t going to make any difference at all! Play it safe and wait until there is no chance of frost and no low air temps ever under 45f!

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Itís all about ground temps. When soil temps about 3Ē down reach close to 45f-50f they will wake up or grow! Of course the warmer it is the better. A few weeks of very slow growth isnít going to make any difference at all! Play it safe and wait until there is no chance of frost and no low air temps ever u def 45f!

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