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Old 01-17-2021, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Dwarf Brazilian in full sun in east bay area CA

Hey all, I've seen that dwarf brazilian bananas don't do well when they are in full sun in dry climates: Musa Dwarf Brazilian - Bananas Wiki. Since I'm in the CA east bay, I worry about this a bit! However, I haven't seen anyone else talking about this. What happens if you plant a dwarf brazilian in full sun? Will it still do OK?
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Old 01-17-2021, 06:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Never saw a banana that didn't do well in full sun. Maybe in Saudi Arabia or the Sahara./
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Excellent!!! Now Iím definitely getting one .
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Ae Ae - direct sun fries the white areas. Still grows, just looks crappy.
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Default Re: Dwarf Brazilian in full sun in east bay area CA

If there is sufficient water, full sun shouldn't be an issue. Make sure to mulch generously with wood chips around the base to help retain moisture and keep the soil cooler as well. If it's extremely hot for a long period of time, a little bit of shade might help to cool the plant a little and ease stress on it, but you should still be able to offset most of the heat stress issues with ample water. If you want to the reduce the amount of water used, then planting in a partially shady area may be a good strategy along with mulching. The plants will be slower to fruit, but overall should still be able to produce ok bunches compared to full sun. If you are in a marginal climate for bananas, I would suggest full sun regardless as they will need all the help they can get.
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Default Re: Dwarf Brazilian in full sun in east bay area CA

Where are you in the eastbay? Im in eastbay as well. All of my varieties, dwarf Brazilian being one of them, has had 0 issue in full sun in the summer or any cold issues during winter.
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