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Old 11-08-2013, 11:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How Ya'll do?

Was just wondering when I should start bringing in the young 3-4 month old nanna's I hope to be able to winter in.

It got down to 39 degrees here in South Louisiana last night as they slept nestled next to the wood surrounding the Ponderosa here in Lizard Creek.

So far doesn't look like it harmed them so.....

The days have been warming up to from anywhere from 69-83 degrees so I want to give them as much time in the yard as possible...

Plus I am to lazy to haul them back and forth inside and to poor to build a green house:}

I want to make sure I have a dozen or so plants to plant in the SHADE next spring:}

How low can it go before cold executes them?

My in ground nanna's are going to be protected by the LER method!

Thanks in advance for your reply:}

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Old 11-08-2013, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: When to bring young Banana Plants in?

Not sure how cold it can get at the Ponderosa Ranch, but would some Agribon frost cloth draped over the small pups do the job? Easy to drape over and easy to remove.... and affordable...saved all leaves on my small pups last year.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Snookie,

the bananas I winter outdoors are left unprotected until the leaves either freeze off, or are
at least severely frost damaged. Consequently one of my bananas is still left unprotected,
even though it has gone already through freezing temperatures three times, the last time
at -3^C (26^F) for 5 or six hours. I posted the exact duration elsewhere in this forum, but
cannot remember it right now.

The gist of it all is: Light frost will damage the leaves long before the PS is affected. So
even if you should miss some light frost, the plants are only set back marginally, unless it
lasts many hours. In that case you will have plenty time to respond.

Having said all that, I brought my ornatas in when the first freezing temperatures were
forecast, to avoid the double whammy of frost singe and transplanting shock. In my case
"bringing them in" involved re-potting

Relax and good luck,

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my own and those of others and to learn from them.

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When night-time temperatures will drop below 50F.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: When to bring young Banana Plants in?

Snookie...sorry I missed ya'll at the get-together at Charle's but I sent a few selected plants.
I usually winterize my outside bananas around 1st of Dec. but I won't be home from working offshore until mid-Dec. so I will try and protect my Pisang Klotec, Jamaican Red, and bird of paradise this week before I leave. Hope this helps.
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