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Old 04-25-2006, 05:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello. A friend of mine has in the ground almost 18 different types of bananas, since 2 years now. He lives in North Greece - Macedonia. This year was pretty cold with 1-2 days of -10Celsius, and every bananaplant disappeared to the ground!
Now he says that from all 18 ones only the Thousand Finger sprouted back again from the ground.
My question is: knowing that Thousand Finger already revived what else we expect to follow?
I.e. Goldfinger? Cardaba? Sweetheart? Rajapuri? etc...
They all are in the same place under the same conditions.
The weather is still a little cool over there but is starting to get warmer.
He is very worried about that, especialy with the all nosense stipulations from EU, and expenses needed to obtain bananas from USA.
I live in southern Greece and is already warm now.

P.S. If anyone can send me a California gold or any other in an inocent little box please pm me - I'll pay for the plant + shipping
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Old 04-25-2006, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Thousand finger hardiness vs others

To me, this is good news. I didn't expect 1000 Fingers to be that tough. The Orinocos and Rajapuri are the most commonly mentioned cold resistant edible bananas, and all my Orinocos came back from a couple frosts this Spring. If I lived where you do I'd worry more about water.
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This winter I had Musa Monkey fingers come through without a hitch. It also has a really long bunch, and if I'm not mistaken it has been used in breeding programs. I wonder if they are related.
At any rate that's good news, and I look forward to buying one of those too.
How about crossing breeding one of those with a double mahoi!
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Even now that weather here is getting warmer, my friend says that still only 1000 fingers shows signs of life.
The conditions at my friends site this winter were very cold: -12Celsius (11 F) for 4-5 days and too much rain.
I hope other bananas will follow, because seems the only way to get myself some different banana types in the future, that is impossible now..
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My monkey fingers, thousand fingers, Golden Rhinohorn, ice cream died out on me two winters ago. I left them in pots, outside, the trunks died back to the potting media level and never came back to life. The same conditions, Misi Luki, Manzano, California gold, Dwarf Orinoco, Dwarf Brazilian, Raja Puri and Dwarf Namwah did not die to the soil level and all their trunks remained green throughout the winter.

Perhaps, there were some diseases that could have affected my monkey fingers, thousand fingers and Golden Rhinohorn. Of course it was a non-scientific trial. I might try them again.
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Can anyone post photos of your thousand finger? The reason being that I've read that the fruit bunch can continue to grow until it almost touches the ground, and was wondering if anyone has already experienced that.

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see pix at http://webebananas.com/bvar-T-Z.html

I usually get about 24-30" of bananas, all tightly packed.
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Saw them... Great pictures, indeed it's a rare sighting.

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Joe, I sat your post about how Monkey Fingers and Thousand Fingers died from cold exposure. I'm confused, though, because I had thought they were in your top four on the Cold Hardy list. Did I misinterpret your earlier list, or did you perhaps post the list before complete results were in after that cold Davis winter?

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