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Old 07-24-2008, 12:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Is one Banana Plant easier to grow than another?

I've bought a Hardy Banana and a Gran Nain Banana plant and am wondering if these varieties are as easy to grow as any of the Bananas?

Also, right now I have the plants in "mostly" shade on the North side of the house, still in their pots. Our temperatures here in Oklahoma are going to be in the 100's for the next week. (Typical weather for Oklahoma in late July & August.) Is it safe to go ahead and plant these in the ground or when is the best time to plant these in the ground?

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Is one Banana Plant easier to grow than another?

I donít know if one is easier to grow than another. Before you put it in the ground make sure you acclimate your plants in half day sun for a couple days, then plant. I usually wait till an overcast day or plant in the evening in the summer.
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I really think with temps like that I'd leave them potted. They'll go into shock and may die or be severaly stunted if you plant em now. If you get a week in the 80's you'd be O.K. But this late in the game I'd keep em in pots and plant em next year. You should also note that your hardy nana will probably not get big enough to winter outside the first year. If you just really want them in the ground for the look you could just bury your pots and pull them up in fall.
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I think they are the same, as far as easy to grow in summer, but Cavendish types are (typically) less hardy and therefore more prone to rot.
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Thank you everyone for answering my questions. I will definitely stay away from the Cavendish types of Bananas.

Natedogg, thanks for your plan about keeping them in pots until next year. Great plan! This is what I will do.

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Well, don't stay away from them!!! They (for me) rot easy when its cold and wet outside. They are great types to have, and I will continue to grow them in containers next season.
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