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Old 10-27-2005, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How To Keep My Ae Ae Banana Alive During Winter?

I Bought An AE AE Variegated Banana About Two Or Three Months Ago. I Planted It In A Two Gallon Pot Because I didn't Want To Plant It In The Ground And Have To Dig It Back Up This Winter. They Are Not Cheap. I Brought It Inside Two Days Ago And Put It Next To A Window. Do I Need A Grow Light? And If So What Kind? How Often Should I Water It? Will It Survive In The House? What Should The Temperature And Humidity Be? Thanks For Any Help.
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Old 10-28-2005, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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expensive starter plant !!

you will be digging it up next winter or building a temp gh, as this is close to a 14' fruiter and macon is zone 8-?.

but in short you would treat it as you would any other banana plant..

skies the limit, this is a multi million dollar industry.

can it survive in your house , most likely with proper care.

do you need a light, south facing window should do the trick. i've kept some smaller plants in southern kitchen window under fluorescent light.

i would keep the plant on dry side, if you have a corm. if root system still on the dry side. if i can blow dirt then i'll add a little during winter.

my plants grow and fruit in 40ish thru winter and with high humidity, ranging from 50%-80%..
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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How did your Ae Ae fair? Did it survive inside?

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I left mine out last winter, it survived 22F for one night, and pupped (finally) after a few years. I decided not to leave it outdoors though, and I relocated it back into my greenhouse. Its so happy there. It lost th epup, but its growing like a weed. Its put on 2 new leaves in a month
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What a beautiful banana! You also have some nice plants around it.

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Thank you, Dean! I have a greenhouse that's packed to the gills with a great variety of things. The only bananas I have in there are AeAe, Siam Ruby, and Uranoscopis. Everything else lives quite comfortably out in the yard.

I try to grow plants in as many generas as I can...palms, aroids, bromeliads, heliconias, gingers, orchids, hoyas and tropical flowering trees, to name a few!
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Lilith is that a manihot on the right hand side of the picture ?
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Old 10-05-2007, 04:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Mark,
that is my Plumeria pudica "Bridal Bouquet". I have a Manihot grahamii and a couple of variegated Manihot escuelentas out in the yard.
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Lilith do you ever get seeds from the variegated one ? And if so would you consider sending some to the UK please. I would pay any postage.

I have a small M.Grahamii from seed but I always wanted the variegated one.
Like most of the plants you guys get over there they are just now available here.
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I've never noticed flowers, or seeds. The green one sets seeds, but not the variegated ones
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Mark, I'm ordering manihot variegata this year so if you want one, just let me know.
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Hello everyone,

Well, I went crazy a bought an Ae Ae banana! I hope I can make it grow. Those are very expencive , but I have to try one. They will probably tissue culture them now. Lol if anyone maybe has some advice I sure would appreciate it. I'm kinda nervous about it but have a good greenhouse to overwinter it in. I'm way to impulsive when it come to growing bananas!

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