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Old 10-02-2005, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Moving bananas in Oct/Nov/Dec?

I am moving to a new home over the next couple of months and I have a choice to make as to when to move my bananas (Sabas, Orinocos, Velutinas, Ornatas). I am in zone 8, so I lose the top growth every winter, but the ground doesn't freeze. The plants are too large to move with the top growth, so I figure I have three options:

Option #1 Cut the bananas down and move them now(First of October) before first frost and replant in the ground.

Option #2 Move the bananas after first frost (Middle of November) and store in an unheated room until spring.

Option #3 Move the bananas after first frost and replant in the ground.

I would like to hear your opinions as to the best option of the three. Or if you have a better idea that I may not have considered, please let me know.
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Old 10-02-2005, 10:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Either move now, when they will have the more time to get re-established. or store them till Spring.
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Default Re: Moving bananas in Oct/Nov/Dec?

being in a southern colder zone 7b or 8
i do not like letting frost hit the growing leaf..

i pull my larger 5' + plants and cut off all leaves except the growing leaf.
then put them in squat pots in greenhouse for winter..
some go under our house..

this method is used when i hear chances of frost and has worked just fine here..
you'll come out in spring with a nice green leaf and most often the leaf will grow during winter, if larger plant..

if you let frost kill the growing leaf sometimes it'll be a problem getting going again in spring..
doesn't matter if your putting them in cold or warm storage..

for me here, i would not move and plant till next spring..
but keep in mind that none of my plants stay out during winter either..
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