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Old 01-07-2015, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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The weather here will be getting cold and will be moving my bananas from their current location soon anyways. My question is how long can a banana plant (non-orinoco) be stored bare root without losing the p-stem and/or without the corm dying in indoor temperatures?
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Depends what it is and how big. I tried bare root storage on two free 6ft cavendish 10 years ago. Basement was heated and was dimly lite from windows. They survived waiting for Ohio Summer. But were tiny little plants. Every plant in my sig was dug up this past February and sat bare root in my garage in the dark. I didn't plant them till April. They all did great for all they went through.
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I have a few "genetic defectives" left from 2014 season. Last year froze out. I have stored bare rooted plants indoors for at least five months for years and years. Lost very few, only very small plants with little roots left. I have tried to get opinions on weather it is best to leave the stems on or to cut short.
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It is much more important 'how' you store them, than 'how long'. If you place them
on bare concrete, there is a good chance, that they will rot, because concrete attracts
moisture. Place some plastic sheeting over the concrete as moisture barrier, some
cardboard on top of that under the PSs. Then sit back and relax.






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Olaf, Thanks for the input on the concrete/moisture issue. I never thought about the concrete leaching moisture up onto the plant causing rot. I am using a new process for me this winter by placeing the plants in cardboard boxes, on top of and packed in wood shavings used for horse stalls. My idea was to insulate, protect, and keep the plants dry. My garage is heated so there is no danger of freezing. It is 18 degrees now, going to 10. Looks like we are on the same page.
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Thank you for the replies. It sounds like bare root sounds like the way to go.
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Actually nothing leaches out of the concrete, but the concrete draws moisture from
where ever it can get it, in this case out of the PSs. That keeps the contact point
moist and that is where the rot starts and in time penetrates the PS.

If you have a carport or there is one in your neighborhood, check it out: A wooden
post should never extend into the concrete, but be attached to it by a steel bracket.
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I have had a 3 foot saba pstem sitting on a piece of plastic, bare root since October so far in my extra room at about 72 degrees. I keep meaning to pot it but have not gotten to it yet lol. I do think that saba is very closely related though to Orinoco without looking it up, so that might not count. It just seems similar.
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