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Old 01-03-2011, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Last week was very mild here so I was able to check on some of the plants, including some of the ones I am trialing for the first time. I was happy what I saw, although we have only had I think 5 lows in the single digits at the airport, with the lowest temperature so far of 5F. And there is still all of Jan and Feb. Here is an update so far. I'll have to wait to see what happens after winter is over.

Colocasia Gigantea Thailand Giant Strain-I was most surprised by this one. The petiole is very firm and green, not frozen at all. Only problem is there could be rot below soil level. This Colcoasia is very slow to make a tuber, and when they do even very large plants have small tubers, sometimes flat ones. The ground is dry but cool.



Musa Yunnanense-This one is close to the house and was small when planted out. Not the one in the middle of the yard. I couldn't get to that one. This one has roughly 6 inches of pseudostem left. There is another next to it I didn't look for.



Colocasia Madeira-Was small in late summer. Petiole firm.



Colocasia Sangrina-Same as above. This one was growing pretty well.



Colocasia Bikini-tini -Same as above.


Musa Basjoo-I gave it extra covering this year planning for the worst. Plus I think one at least should flower this year if it makes it. None of the pseudostems are frozen yet. In years past this was not the case in early Jan, even with very similar temperaturesat this point in winter. The modified covering must be the difference this year. One pseudostem shows a very tiny mark that might indicate center rot. Not sure but I cut it down a couple inches.







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Old 02-05-2011, 03:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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eric.. wow.. u kept thai giant outside? if so..how much mulch
did u put over them?
i had 2 huge ones last summer.dug them.. cut them back..and they seem
to be doing ok..
last and next to last pic from bottom..? is that a banana?
looks like u have some growth going on there
here in utah..i was concerned about leaving out any nanners..even
"real cold hardy" ones.. its a chore.but i planted up the ones i could
move..with help..LOL
biggest ones i just cut back..and storing in coolish room.. 50F
sure wishing for spring here..
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Hey nanner!

Yeah I left it out, but a smaller one not one of my huge ones like the one you see in the small pic to the left under my name. I lile to push it but not that much! That one was over 11 ft last year and the biggest leaf almost hit 7ft and 6 ft wide. That one came in. A smaller one about 3 feet tall or so was left out last year. Last spring I planted it deeper planning to leave it out. I put about a foot of mulch (straw and leaves) over it. Then a little burlap over the mound of straw/leaves and the plastic over that to keep water out. Also the plastic acts to retain heat at night. As of late Jan it still looked like the pic you see here. BUT we just got out first below zero temps more recently and it is now under 2 feet of snow. So I don't know what it looks like now. It could even rot from below. But I wanted to try it. It was doing way better than the M. Yunnanense right next to it! So if it doesn't make it I will try agin this year with better cover and a different microclimate.

The pics you asked about is my Musa Basjoo. This is it's 11th winter outside. The second from last -that one I HOPE will flower this year assuming it doesn't freeze or get center rot. But you are right nanner, all 8 to 10 of them were growing when I took those pics in early Jan. It does like it's spot, so it gets left alone.

It's good to hear your giants are doing well inside. I find them difficult to overwinter inside. The roots rot easily with too much water, even a little water. But I'm glad yours are doing well. How are you overwintering them (how much water, light etc)? How big were they last year?

I'm sure you could get some hardy bananas overwintered outside by you. But it does take a lot of work as you said, covering and stuff like that. Do you have bad winters by you? I'm sick of moving stuff inside in fall too. I can't take it anymore! That's why I try to leave as much outside as I can. Then they are on their own!

Spring is almost here!
Eric

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