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Old 10-24-2021, 09:31 AM   #341 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the information...I didn't think the LED lights would give enough heat, but would the regular lights give off too much heat to set the straw on fire? Sorry for the double post, but the pic was not showing up on my post when I posted it.
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Thanks for the information...I didn't think the LED lights would give enough heat, but would the regular lights give off too much heat to set the straw on fire? Sorry for the double post, but the pic was not showing up on my post when I posted it.
The lights should be fine ......they never have set my Christmas tree on fire
I have seen lights wrapped with blankets on stems in the south.
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You could change the way you prepare the plants for winter protection.
Use a thick 8+ layer of mulch for the insulater instead of straw.

Mulch has more r value than fluffed straw looks good and is a decent soil enhancer when it breaks down. Just spread the mulch out in the spring.
Tarping the piles of mulch is optional but not really needed.


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Old 11-01-2021, 11:02 AM   #343 (permalink)
 
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I've put some mini-lights around the base of the banana plants and have bought cyprus mulch to put on for mulch instead of straw that I have normally used. Going to cover the mini-lights with the mulch. We haven't had a frost yet but our temperature tonight is supposed to get to 27*. Is it okay to go ahead and cut the stems back now and to do the mulching? [/IMG] [/IMG]

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Yup, go ahead. I don't think there is a compelling reason to wait at this point as 27 will probably kill the leaves depending on how long it stays that low. P-stems will tolerate colder temps than the leaves, but still may get damaged. Of course the lights will help, but I suspect they are done growing for the season regardless. If you want to try to overwinter some portion of the above ground p-stems intact, then the sooner the better. If you are only planning on saving the corm, then you probably have some time. Either way though, I don't think there is a downside to doing it now.
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I have some banana plants (non-hardy) in large pots. Do I have to take them out completely and refill the pot with fresh soil for this coming year? I'm in Illinois so they are now in the basement. Should I do it now or wait until later in the Spring.
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Old 03-22-2022, 10:57 PM   #347 (permalink)
 
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The banana leaf was poking at the top of the tart, so I lifted the tarp and saw that it did make it through the winter. But, it is too early to uncover (take the tarp/mulch off) as we have temperatures fluctuating from 70* to the low 30*'s coming up for the next 2 weeks. Am I to ignore the banana leaf and wait through April before uncovering the mat.
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Yes, thank you, what am I doing wrong that my pics won't post.
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It did seem different, I hovered on the 3 dots ... and a drop down had a choice to copy. It use to copy when you highlighted it.
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The banana leaf was poking at the top of the tart, so I lifted the tarp and saw that it did make it through the winter. But, it is too early to uncover (take the tarp/mulch off) as we have temperatures fluctuating from 70* to the low 30*'s coming up for the next 2 weeks. Am I to ignore the banana leaf and wait through April before uncovering the mat.
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Your plants spring growth is determined by the current ground temperature which is in the 40+range depending on your site. There is alot going on under the soil and now is the time to fertilize your plant with your favorite fertilizer.
Gauge it with your hostas.....both plants have very similiar spring tolerances.

My plants are starting to push now.
You could leave the leaf exposed it will harden off faster....as long there is no freeze your good....if you get a frost put a bucket over it for protection.

I think this will be a good year.
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There were several shoots when I put them to bed last fall and I put xmas lights around them and mulched with mulch. Don't know what I will find when I take the tarp and mulch off. I just noticed something pushing up on the tarp, pulled it up and saw the shoot. We have a night time low of 26* forecast in a couple of days. Looking at the long range forecast, looks like it will be a couple of weeks into April before we get out of the night time temps of 30*s. I think it was the last week in April when I uncovered last year, but I didn't do the lights and mulch the year before, just this past year. It's hard to be patient.
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What should I do with this pot of Orinocos (blue pot).I'm thinking the big stem will flower this year (why I haven't cut it down any more). It also has 3-4 more stems in the pot. Would trying to get all of the plants except the big stem out of the pot damage the chance of the big one flowering? All of these are too big for the pot and it is bulging. [/IMG]
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Can someone tell me what to do with this plant? It is an Orinoco. I think the tall one will flower this year. The pot is full of smaller plants. Can I take all the smaller ones off the bigger one or will it affect the flowering.





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I would take it out of the pot, that makes it easier to separate. Take the pups off and give them all a larger pot. Orinoco? Could be but too early to tell, many look like that in this stage of growth.
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