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Cold Hardy Bananas This forum is dedicated to the discussion of bananas that are able to grow and thrive in cold areas. You'll find lots of tips and discussions about keeping your bananas over the winter.


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Old 01-04-2017, 10:19 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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So I cut mine back and wrapped some old xmas lights around the base and covered them in soil. But it's been warm and now they are starting to grow again. Do I just cut them back again? It's suppose to be below freezing again in a couple of days.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:54 AM   #22 (permalink)
 
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Heat tape is self regulating and will not overheat the area it is in or on.

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First, I haven't used these on my plants. I have no need to. But I have used the heat tapes on my water pipes when I lived in Atlanta. They have instructions as to how many warps per foot of pipe depending on regional low temperature expected. ... Too many warps the tape can heat water in the pipes. So the tape might be able to burn the plant, but there again so can the Christmas tree light bulbs.

One or two warps of heat tape per foot of plant should be enough for most locations. But, just out of caution, I wouldn't put the tape in direct contact with the pstem. A light warp with cloth or insulation, then the heat tape and then cover with insulation.
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:49 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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For the potted plants in the garage the plan is to do a couple of loops around the outside of each pot and then go to the next. For any outdoors I may do as you suggest, just getting a little concerned as apparently there is a danger if I leave them outdoors and it rains.
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:58 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I am really considering getting a couple of the 6 footers and at least one 30 ft so I can serpentine it around all of my potted bananas in the garage.
just for thought...
Unless you have a nice bank of grow lights to match that nice warm soil that you are creating you might not want to create that "grow" environment for your plants.
ME...I have a few containers in a basement environment at 65-70 no light/ low light environment which do well.
I almost want to say save some money and see what happens.

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Some of the fellas just left of you in LA and ARK use them and have great results .....especially when the temps really dip down.
I mean dip down into the 25-35's
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So I cut mine back and wrapped some old xmas lights around the base and covered them in soil. But it's been warm and now they are starting to grow again. Do I just cut them back again? It's suppose to be below freezing again in a couple of days.
Mine do the same thing as well as many growers in the area...let them be and let nature take its course. Just observe for future reference and watch nature take its course......which is cool, go out in a few weeks and look at the pstem at ground level...you will see what I mean and you will have a great understanding. Have fun

Mine in my zone 5/6 will stop growing when the ground temps reach 30 degrees

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For the potted plants in the garage the plan is to do a couple of loops around the outside of each pot and then go to the next. For any outdoors I may do as you suggest, just getting a little concerned as apparently there is a danger if I leave them outdoors and it rains.
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From others experience and observations.

Unless you are putting lights on those heated containers......you might want to just leave them in the cool state that they are in.

Heat equals growth...and with growth you need light .....Lots of it. Especially for bananas.
This is when folks will kill their plants.
They /me think the plant need more water to grow when in fact the plant is begging for a nice sun like source for heat and light.
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I bought two 300w or so LEDs off of ebay, I just need to install them in the ceiling as I doubt my neighbors think it's funny that the side of their house is now tinged purple at night. Also expecting 28 for two nights in a row this weekend. Then 70 on Monday or Tuesday so no clue what that freaky weather will do to all of the plants outdoors.
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Guess what I found under mulch and hay
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FIRE ANTS!!

J/K I hope it's something good!
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