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Old 02-11-2019, 04:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Best species banana for cool summer temperatures?

I'm looking for people experiences with wild bananas growth at low temps. There is numerous threads about cold hardiness which are great but I am specifically seeking information on growth in cool temperatures. My climate is relatively mild as a zone 9b however even during the summer months the temps rarely go over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and consistently drop into the 50's at night. So I am looking for wild bananas that grow vigorously at low temperatures? All experience welcome!!
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm looking for people experiences with wild bananas growth at low temps. There is numerous threads about cold hardiness which are great but I am specifically seeking information on growth in cool temperatures. My climate is relatively mild as a zone 9b however even during the summer months the temps rarely go over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and consistently drop into the 50's at night. So I am looking for wild bananas that grow vigorously at low temperatures? All experience welcome!!
Are you looking for a plant that will give you great foliage for most of the year?
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Joy Re: Best species banana for cool summer temperatures?

That's not my biggest concern, I'm just looking for a species that grows well at low temperatures. I have heard that sikkimensis grows well even at 60 degrees. So I am looking for peoples experience with sikkimensis, yunnanensis, formosana etc. Even in the middle of winter we have 60 degree daytime temps. I have heard rumours of sikkimensis growing at temps as low as 40? I'm just looking for peoples experience
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My best cool weather one during my cold/humid part of the year (early spring/late fall/winter). I would list them in this order:
Basjoo
Mekong
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Thanks Tytaylor that is very helpful! What temps are you getting during those seasons?
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in my experience, Sikkimensis grows faster than Basjoo but dies outdoors during winter in zone 6a. It's also a better looking plant.
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Default Re: Best species banana for cool summer temperatures?

Probably the most similar area where wild bananas grow are the higher areas of S. China and N. Vietnam, N. India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The most common species in these areas are M. balbisiana and M. itinerans, but also you can find others such as M. basjoo, M. sikkimensis, M. yunnanensis, M. acuminata subsp. burmannica, M. splendida, M. lutea, M. coccinea (and close relatives) and a few other newly discovered and obscure species. Its hard to say exaclty what would do well as all of these species are normally having considerable variation with different populations thriving at different locations, and whatever you can get on the market is just a very very tiny sampling of the diversity out there.
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Thanks Gabe that is really good information! I did see whole mountains in banana plantations in yunnan where day time temps where barely above 40. Interestingly many of the bananas we ate had one or two seeds in them and were adjacent to wild bananas that I can only guess to be M. Yunnanensis
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Default Re: Best species banana for cool summer temperatures?

Hi, I am relatively new to here, and to growing Bananas, only been doing it for the last year. But I am in a similar situation where I live, summer average high is only 23 c (73 f). But I have noticed that my Musa Yunnanensis, Sikkimensis and Cheesemani in particular did quite well, all averaging about a leaf Evey 10-14 days with average temperatures in the high teens or low twenties. I got Itinerans India form and Burmese blue late in the season, Aug so can't comment much but they did both put out new leaves in September. And at the moment my Sikkimensis is growing, the cigar leaf (what has survived) from last year has started to unfurl and daytime temperature has barely gone past 8/9 c over the last few weeks.
I hope some of this helps a bit.
And do be patient, I have noticed that the bigger a plant is the faster is grows.

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