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Old 03-27-2021, 01:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Can I grow edible bananas in NE Ohio?

Does anyone happen to know if I could actually grow edible bananas here in Northeastern Ohio? I plant the banana plants in the ground in summer. I then dig them back up and put them in pots. I then bring them indoors for the winter. So I was hoping that b/c they are still growing through the winter that maybe just maybe I could actually get real edible bananas. Is it possible?
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Old 03-27-2021, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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It's probably possible, you just need the correct varieties. Someone in Illinois got some last spring from their Orinoco. They did what you are doing I think. mariadams.net or something like that
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It's probably possible, you just need the correct varieties. Someone in Illinois got some last spring from their Orinoco. They did what you are doing I think. mariadams.net or something like that
Aww, thanks so much! I am very grateful for the boost of confidence!
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Anything is possible with enough attempts and money, but it won't be easy. You're much better off just growing dwarf varieties in large pots and bringing them in and out. Planting in the ground and then digging them out is a major stress to the plant and not going to help in your fruit quest.
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Sure you can, just don't expect a lot of hands. I have blooms about every year, usually they are late in the season or all male, so they usually don't mature enough to eat. Orinoco's are what I have bloom for me, I have plants of several different ages. I have had them fruit their 3rd, 4th or 5th seasons, wintering them over you break their growth cycle and can never tell when they will bloom. My best luck was 2007 and 2018.

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Here's one that was chocked, I cut it down to the choke and this came out.


It was male and they all fell off after awhile.
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OMG! I’m sorry I didn’t know anybody had replied to this thread! If I had known I would have replied way sooner!
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Sure you can, just don't expect a lot of hands. I have blooms about every year, usually they are late in the season or all male, so they usually don't mature enough to eat. Orinoco's are what I have bloom for me, I have plants of several different ages. I have had them fruit their 3rd, 4th or 5th seasons, wintering them over you break their growth cycle and can never tell when they will bloom. My best luck was 2007 and 2018.

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WOW! You have totally made my day! I was feeling b/c I was figuring that more than likely I wouldnít be able to get real bananas. When I saw your 2 messages I was so THRILLED! I am also very impressed to see your pictures of the bananas you actually grew yourself! Congratulations! Pretty cool! Okay now I know not to expect too much but hey even if I only could get 1 banana grown Iíd be happy! Thanks so much for letting me know that itís possible for me! Yay! I truly appreciate it!
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Here's one that was chocked, I cut it down to the choke and this came out.


It was male and they all fell off after awhile.
Isnít that something! Never heard of that happening before! Itís just too ! Sorry to hear they all fell off afterward! Pretty neat anyway!
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Anything is possible with enough attempts and money, but it won't be easy. You're much better off just growing dwarf varieties in large pots and bringing them in and out. Planting in the ground and then digging them out is a major stress to the plant and not going to help in your fruit quest.
Thanks for telling about the extra stress of digging the plants back up. You know I never thought of that! I might just try a few dwarf varieties and keep them in pots! Neat idea! Thanks again for the help!
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Sure you can, just don't expect a lot of hands. I have blooms about every year, usually they are late in the season or all male, so they usually don't mature enough to eat. Orinoco's are what I have bloom for me, I have plants of several different ages. I have had them fruit their 3rd, 4th or 5th seasons, wintering them over you break their growth cycle and can never tell when they will bloom. My best luck was 2007 and 2018.

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That is so freaking awesome and inspirational
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Sure you can, just don't expect a lot of hands. I have blooms about every year, usually they are late in the season or all male, so they usually don't mature enough to eat. Orinoco's are what I have bloom for me, I have plants of several different ages. I have had them fruit their 3rd, 4th or 5th seasons, wintering them over you break their growth cycle and can never tell when they will bloom. My best luck was 2007 and 2018.

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That is awesome I am assuming, based on Gabe's comment, your fruiting plants are in pots that get moved with the seasons? If so, what size pots do you have your orinocos in?
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That is awesome I am assuming, based on Gabe's comment, your fruiting plants are in pots that get moved with the seasons? If so, what size pots do you have your orinocos in?
The one's that bloom are in the ground, I have some in pots, usually up to 20 gallon. When they out grow that they go in the ground. The one's in the ground get dug up and stored bare root from mid Oct. to May, no water. The one's in pots store in pots without watering till Dec. and then a little water every 3 weeks. They start getting woke up now, April. As far as pot size for blooming is larger then I want to handle. I think 40, 50, gallon or larger would be better.


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OMG! 20- 50 gallon containers! There’s no way I’d ever be able to move or handle that sized container ever! It would me!
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The one's that bloom are in the ground, I have some in pots, usually up to 20 gallon. When they out grow that they go in the ground. The one's in the ground get dug up and stored bare root from mid Oct. to May, no water. The one's in pots store in pots without watering till Dec. and then a little water every 3 weeks. They start getting woke up now, April. As far as pot size for blooming is larger then I want to handle. I think 40, 50, gallon or larger would be better.


Hey Mike - Thank you very much for the detailed post and pics, you have quite the operation going, definitely something for me to strive for. I think I will give the in-ground/dig out method a try this year with a dwarf orinoco and see how it goes. Thanks again for the fantastic info!
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