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Old 06-05-2013, 06:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Party help me choose my next plant!:D

I live in Portland Oregon in zone 8-9 and winters are really wet here but never too cold and we rarely get snow. I have a Mekong Giant,Sikkimensis and a struggling basjoo and i have one spot left in my yard for another banana plant and i want one that is just awesome!(going to buy seeds and maybe if i really like it i will put it in the front yard so people could see it) the choices are..
Musa itinerans
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Musa yunnanensi
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Musa campestris v. limbangensis
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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If I was you I'd get something like a California Gold or Namwah banana - Something truly edible and very tough. But, that's me. Otherwise I'm not so sure most of those will survive an Oregon winter unless well protected. M. balbisiana and itinerans I think are the best bets, but, I really don't know if anyone has successfully grown them in the cold, even zone 9. Musa velutina can handle cold perfectly well and has beautiful pink fruit, but it isn't a giant if you're looking for 6+ footers.
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well im planning on using bubble wrap on the stem and cover it with a tarp and stuff it with hay so im sure that would keep it alive
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Plant an Orinoco you won't have to do anything to it.. Just take the dead leaves off in the spring and watch it grow.. :^)
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Itinerans... Only because that's one of my next bananas...
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Im actually deciding between two plants now
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Like what Abnshrek said Orinoco are another super-hardy edible.
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I will for sure try an Orinoco in the future but i already ordered 10 cheesmanii seeds... what do i need to know about this specie?
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I think most seeded species pretty much need the same care as any other banana, but during times like winter I really would give it protection. Unless and until you research the hardiness of your species you never know. Some are pretty sensitive even to above-freezing temperatures.
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Yeah I did a lot of research and its cold tolerant in zones 7-11
I'm not sure how to germinate the seeds once I get them and how long I should keep them in water
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Yeah I did a lot of research and its cold tolerant in zones 7-11
I'm not sure how to germinate the seeds once I get them and how long I should keep them in water
48hrs in water is plenty.
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I am going to dwarfs simply because they are smaller and easier to cold protect here in zone 8b.
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Hmm do you think the Musa Cheesmanii is edible? I read somewhere it is and some other place said its not?
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It's probably because it is a seeded type, and so it technically is edible but not much to write about.
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It is edible, my cheesmani produces perfectly good fruit, though they are quite seedy
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Sweet! Thanks everyone!
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