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Old 12-05-2013, 08:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have two "ice Cream" bananas that WERE about four feet tall.
Each one is in a 1/2 barrel (55 gal) container.
I live in the Sacramento Valley, and we had a hard freeze last night, and are expected to have three more nights of sub 30'.
I watered the soil and covered with blankets.
The leaves are now straight down and brown.
These are supposed to be cold hardy, I was told.
Is the pseudostem dead?
What more could I have done?

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Old 12-05-2013, 08:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If the pseudostem is still firm and green or yellow then it should be alive.
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watering them was a bad idea
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Exactly. It will promote rot. You just need to keep the soil slightly damp if they're not growing.
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I have two "ice Cream" bananas that WERE about four feet tall.
Each one is in a 1/2 barrel (55 gal) container.
I live in the Sacramento Valley, and we had a hard freeze last night, and are expected to have three more nights of sub 30'.
I watered the soil and covered with blankets.
The leaves are now straight down and brown.
These are supposed to be cold hardy, I was told.
Is the pseudostem dead?
What more could I have done?

Thank You
Brought them inside or put them in garage..
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Hi Joe,
please see my detailed reply here: Winter mulch: Good idea or bad idea?

In your case I would just monitor the weather forecast and in case frost is expected ,
toss either an old quilt or some frost cloth over the plants. Important: keep them
uncovered, when no frost threatens

But read my other post as well as the one referenced therein.

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