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Old 04-09-2011, 03:02 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Doing well Ante!!! You will soon have a new full leaf to enjoy there


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I am sorry to hear your Raja Puri was killed to the ground but it's great that the pup made it!!! Please post pictures as it develops!


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We will all try to do our share! We just need our bananas cooperation as for many of us they still look kinda crappy and grow really slowly that first green leaf!


The green part of my IC's new leaf reached 10cm or more today,growing the 6 of those cm today alone thanks to the really hot day we had(min 16C,max 23C). The forecast is for coolish weather(max 16C) now though and I am afraid I will have to do with half a cm dailly growth again...Hoping for more warm weather for my IC to get on with good growth as it's been leafless too long for me already!
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I am 9a/9b depending on which map you look at, i am like litterly right on the line of most maps. Mine are growing good, even though it was in the 20s for most of the winter (or so it seemed anyways) even the basjoos lost all their leaves and had to be cut down.

Couple pictures from April 2nd, All of the bananas are coming back in full force

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Old 04-09-2011, 04:17 PM   #44 (permalink)
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AN, beautiful pictures. You live in paradise.
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Amber,

Basjoos never need to be "cut back" anywhere in Florida. I'm 400 miles north of you and my basjoos never lose there trunks. Most winters they grow between frosts and don't lose their petioles. If you did it for cosmetic reasons then that is different.

These past two winters are record winters for Florida but you are 10A almost long term. Do dips to 9A happen? Sure. But that doesn't make you 9A. I know there are fruiting Ice Creams and Manzanos in Cape Coral right now, even after two record winters.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:17 PM   #46 (permalink)
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I think my basjoos grew all winter here in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I already have 2 of them fruiting and it was a hard winter here. The Basjoos were the first plants to turn green this spring.
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:15 AM   #47 (permalink)
 
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Here is what my ice cream bananas look like. I'm in zone 9a and we had a 9a winter.






There are 4 different banana corms in the area in the center. The only one growing so far is the ice cream. Growth on the ice cream started about a week ago. I'm hoping the others start soon.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:58 PM   #48 (permalink)
 
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Well zone 10a starts at Naples and that is about 40 miles south of me. USNA - USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: South-East US

This website says i am 9b, which i'm on the borderline.

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Either way the basjoos could have come around without being cut back, but they were all brown and dead looking, so it was cosmetic lol I actually did it with almost all of the bananas except the really big ones, i cut all their leaves off through. There is no way mine could have fruited this winter, but if I made an effort to protect them it could have been different.
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For some reason reading this thread makes me want to break out the pompoms!!!! I root for all of ya! I'm still waiting for above 50 degree nights up here to begin so I can get mine outside. My dwarf giant is looking mighty nasty, and my superdwarf really really needs repotting. While my ensts are just waitin to get growing. So I hope everyone has a great growing year after the winter we had.
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On the flip side of things, it's not unusual for Cape Coral to have 10B winters. A conservative planting would have you at a high 9B but more often the averages are 10A especially for Cape Coral proper. Of course if your in the sticks or Sun Coast Estates than that isn't the case. Are you a transplant to South Florida?

Also, each year after now your bananas will need less cutting. For example my older Misi Luki had 5-6 leaves per trunk now, April 10th. If you care about the fruit you should not cut them back. And in the case of Basjoo, if you want a nice tall clump do not cut them.

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Well zone 10a starts at Naples and that is about 40 miles south of me. USNA - USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: South-East US

This website says i am 9b, which i'm on the borderline.

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Either way the basjoos could have come around without being cut back, but they were all brown and dead looking, so it was cosmetic lol I actually did it with almost all of the bananas except the really big ones, i cut all their leaves off through. There is no way mine could have fruited this winter, but if I made an effort to protect them it could have been different.
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only if I were 3 or 4 zones warmer, things would be growing a lot faster !!
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Yeah I moved here about 5-6 years ago from zone 4 LOL Grew up in Alaska. I sure wish I could experience those 100 degree winters here! Guess I brought the cold down here when i moved. This was the winter before last and it was the same thing last winter....you know they just don't sell ice scrapers down here....

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Wonderful pictures Amber, Adam and Ante!
It shows very well how Floridians are well ahead of most other people in growth even if technically in the same zones with others! Latitude plays quite a role I would guess as well as the shorter time frosts last.

Ante,you almost got a full new leaf there as well!!! Was the last banana unprotected all winter?


My IC is growing reliably 3cm or more per day now but it sure needs a week or more to open it's first leaf...Can't wait!!!!!
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Here is a photo I just took of my Ice Cream!


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Just spotted a flag leaf on my Misi Luki. It probably "popped" a couple of days ago and I just noticed. I'll get a picture.
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Thats great news Jeff!!! Looking forward to photos!


Here are a couple recent ones of my Ice Cream,still putting out its first leaf unfortunately...

About 4 days ago...


And yesterday!


Its speeding up nicely with the warm weather we are finally having and i think it should open that leaf in about 2-3days now.Well,hopefully....
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Bravo Kostas,
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Beautiful Ante!!!! You certainly got your first full leafs already!
How is your big Ice Cream doing?
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