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Old 12-26-2022, 04:21 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Years ago I made some hoop boxes like his out of wood. Stapled plastic sheeting over top of them. It worked great for the plants, but canít take them apart so became hard to store.
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Years ago I made some hoop boxes like his out of wood. Stapled plastic sheeting over top of them. It worked great for the plants, but canít take them apart so became hard to store.
is why i use pvc and rope. easy to stor. painters plastic. and heck, lumber has gotten more expensive than pvc.

you can do it i layers 2. make your next frame [the pvc] 2ft. longer and come out 4/6inches on both sides and you have an airspace.
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All I did was bring in my citrus that were in containers. Everything else is on it's own. Hell I'm moving south anyway. Crazy, sustained cold here.
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Years ago I made some hoop boxes like his out of wood. Stapled plastic sheeting over top of them. It worked great for the plants, but canít take them apart so became hard to store.
3 night straight in the low 20's.

2 blankets on top with a 70 watt flood lamp. they didn't do to badly.
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Not to bad. Yes pvc is way cheaper now days. My stems I didnít protect either smaller pups or mats I ran out of supplies or time for lost a lot of size. 5ft sizes and feels like mush basically half of the stem. But protected the main ones I carried more about. Those ones will come back up anyhow.
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well 5 days of freeze, with 4 nights in the low 20's, i did not fair to badly.

the bananas in the hoop house are doing great, the only green i have in the yard.

one thing of an interesting note; my sweetheart, goldfinger and lady finger that i planted last year are mush halfway down. they are all 2ft. tall. but the mats that i took them from, which each mat numbers in the 5 to 12 range, are all solid at the top. with the mats ranging from 5 to 7ft. tall. just a guess at this point is, the bigger mats got fertilized thru out the year and the ones that were planted this year got very little fertilization.

well anyways. i have cut off the cigar leaves off the ones that had them, and i cut off the first 2 leaves at the p-stem on the ones that didnt to promote any new growth, which i expect to see in the next few days with near 80 degree weather.
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Low 20ís isnít that bad but when you get below that like we did then you have a problem.
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Low 20ís isnít that bad but when you get below that like we did then you have a problem.
like i said; with our zones 50 miles north can make a huge differince.
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The Chemtrailing and HARRP here on the west coast are producing this Arctic Blast through the middle of the country down from Canada. Nothing new.
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i planted 3 different varieties this fall, october and november, to see if i could get a head start for next year. knowing they might not survive the winter, i was hoping they would survive enough to get some pups started next spring at least. a goldfinger, ladyfinger and sweatheart are 3 that my winters allways nock down to the ground anyways.

after 4 nights of freeze i cut off the dead leaves. my grandson was over for the weekend and saturday kicked down the p-stem of my goldfinger. it was rotten near to the ground. so i cut the p-stem down and covered it with a flower pot because it was supposed to frost saturday night. then i did the same with the ladyfinger and the sweatheart curious to see how they were fairing. all 3 bananas were near the same height, about 2ft.

after watching these 3 for 6 winters, i figured the goldfinger would do the best. it did the worst and the sweatheart i thought would do the worst was the best of them.

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That's a very sad sight mate, do you expect them to come back up when the weather improves?
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That's a very sad sight mate, do you expect them to come back up when the weather improves?
i have 2 months of winter to go, i can only hope for the best. but i am glad to see this experiment has rooted in and with light freezing should take off come spring.
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Thatís crazy. Always heard Goldfinger was pretty hardy as have mine in pots. Never found a place to put them past two years. Havenít done great for me after first year of having them. Maybe not a fan of being in a pot.

I have an extra DC I left in the ground and itís under 2ft with small pups. Mulched it, threw plastic bag over it, put two thin bed sheets over that, plastic pot. The stem is still good and small pups are green around it even with our low of 16 we got two weeks ago.
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Thatís crazy. Always heard Goldfinger was pretty hardy as have mine in pots. Never found a place to put them past two years. Havenít done great for me after first year of having them. Maybe not a fan of being in a pot.

I have an extra DC I left in the ground and itís under 2ft with small pups. Mulched it, threw plastic bag over it, put two thin bed sheets over that, plastic pot. The stem is still good and small pups are green around it even with our low of 16 we got two weeks ago.
goldfinger is a great pupper, but each year winter takes them to the ground. now the goldfinger, ladyfinger and sweatheart mats i took these from are all solid, very litlle freeze damage from what i can tell. p-stems going up to better than 6ft. but these are much larger mats and have been fertilized all year long.
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You have longer heat throughout the year compared to me. But we get hotter than you temperature wise here. So curious whatís the smallest in height of banana plant you have ever planted out? I want to get a bunch I have in pots in the yard and I normally wait till they are pretty big. Tired of having so many pots.
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You have longer heat throughout the year compared to me. But we get hotter than you temperature wise here. So curious what’s the smallest in height of banana plant you have ever planted out? I want to get a bunch I have in pots in the yard and I normally wait till they are pretty big. Tired of having so many pots.
dwarf maoli with shade cloth. doing very well. planted it 4 years ago. one of my better winter surviving bananas. i still have the daughter to this one.

i put them in the ground as fast as i can.
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Dang thatís small. Okay sounds good will do the same this year. I dug my small Double with pups up didnít want to chance mine for the winter maybe once it gets bigger.
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Dang thatís small. Okay sounds good will do the same this year. I dug my small Double with pups up didnít want to chance mine for the winter maybe once it gets bigger.
5 years ago last september we had hurricane irma go by. i had 5 large blackjack oaks blow down, with 2 falling over uprooted. i burned those 5 trees in the holes made by the root balls to get rid of the roots.

the following spring i bought 3 dwarf maoli tc's. 2 i planted in pots and the 3rd i planted in one ash hole, that one. bananas like potassium, right? the other 2 i planted in the ground 3ft. on either side of the first one when they were a foot tall at the end of the summer. she was 3ft. tall, p-stem.

2 years later, the 2 from pots died. she remains.
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Most bananas in pots for me I have noticed either grow crazy depending on type or are up and down with growth. But some of that is even in partial shade they can get really hot/dry if I canít water them everyday. So my plan is to put everything this year in pots in the ground and maybe dig them up and pot in the greenhouse or garage or take a pup for winter. One for example is Musa Blue Burmese. Kinda think itís the corm though. Had it for years and all of them havenít done great in pots, large one was up and down with growth in the yard. My buddy has them at his business thatís where I got mine and he is zone 7b colder than me. But had had them since the 80ís.
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