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Old 01-15-2017, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lost all of my bananas due polar cold spell that hit us last week. Even corms are frozen and I dont believe there will be any regrowth. Many tropicals I grew for years from seeds - gone.
To start again? I dont know any more. Anybody went thrue this already?
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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That's terrible! did you try to save anything? dig up or cover over before the cold came?
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That's terrible my friend! What a lost. Well you have to get courage and start again. I think that i will loose my banana plants that are already planted. I protect them but this artic cold blast is impressive. The worst day here will be on 19 January. Even if i loose all my banana plants i will start again. This is a bug impossible to detain...
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I'm really sorry to hear that Ante. What was your minimum temperature? If you need anything let me know I have spares of basjoo, sikkimensis a few palms, various banana seeds.
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-6,-7C depends on location. Lowest temp. officialy for last 26 years since we have weather station here, before station who know when it was cold like this for the last time, 50yaers maybe. I did some mulching and cut some stems off but generaly to late. Lot of potted palm seedlings are saved, I got them inside but there wasnt time to dig few corms out.
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I'm really sorry for all your lost!.....I know it is hard but don't let this to discourage you, if you need to start again!....
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I am sorry. but take heart. cut them off and cover the corms with mulch they may come back
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OK guys, no reason for so deep sorrow, on the end these were just few plants in the wrong place in the wrong moment. I was one of pioneers of banana growing in this area and Im like more angry on my self for not having reserve plan.
Well, first lets see what will cats drag in comming Spring
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Good-luck this spring. Hopefully those corms have some life still in them. Your ground probably never froze too deep, so you may still have hope.
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How long was the temp down to 19f?
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Ante, Replant from suckers-choose ones that dont grow too big -Have any of your neighbours got bananas growing?

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Wow , sorry for your lost . Keep your head up and start over ��
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Good-luck this spring. Hopefully those corms have some life still in them. Your ground probably never froze too deep, so you may still have hope.
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For one night, then four days between 25-34F
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Ante, Replant from suckers-choose ones that dont grow too big -Have any of your neighbours got bananas growing?
The problem is that I dont know know if there will be any suckers, Im afraid corms freeze as well. Nobody grows bananas here. There are some ppl that had ornamental species (even that was so rare) and I was the first one that had edible cultivares here.
Ill wait for the Spring and than be much smarter
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-6,-7C depends on location. Lowest temp. officialy for last 26 years since we have weather station here, before station who know when it was cold like this for the last time, 50yaers maybe.
Must be from all of that global warming we hear so much about.

How long was it below freezing? That will have a lot to do with your corms survival, along with depth of planting. If they were deep and it was just a cold snap and not a long spell, you might be relieved in the spring!

It's disheartening, I know, but try and cheer up. They may come back, and several people on here have offered to help if they can.
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I would cover with a big pile of mulch. If you can find some straw pile that on top and cover
with a large pot. When danger of frost is over uncover and inspect corm. If they are completely mush there toast. You never know how they'll come out, but you have nothing to loose.
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I wouldn't rush to judgment that they are dead. The corms usually make it through the winter. I had mine easily survive 17f degrees (-8.3c) but those weren't the ultra tropical varities. We hit 20f a few weeks ago and I would be shocked if any of them died.
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Lost all of my bananas due polar cold spell that hit us last week. Even corms are frozen and I dont believe there will be any regrowth. Many tropicals I grew for years from seeds - gone.
To start again? I dont know any more. Anybody went thrue this already?
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Does that affect your olive trees and did you have to work in it?
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Does that affect your olive trees and did you have to work in it?
Most probably it will not. Our growe is old and native sp can handle temperature drops like this one was. Pruned and young trees will have damadges , bark will split and peel off on exposed locations. Large citrus fields south of me are heavily hit by this. My will be defoliated also but will come back.
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I don't know, haven't tried for a while now. Let's wait for the Spring first.
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