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Default Bringing Dwarf Cavendish inside for winter?

Hi y'all,

This is my Dwarf Cavendish's first year in Seattle, and it's been outside all summer in a ten gallon plastic pot. It gets watered daily, and I've been fertilizing it one every two weeks alternating with liquid fish fertilizer and a generic organic dry vegetable bed fertilizer and it seems to be extremely happy. It has four suckers that I've been cutting at the ground level but haven't dug into the soil after, because I didn't want to risk damaging the root system. Please let me know if this is a good regimen, I've just been guessing, trying, and monitoring it.

So my question is this: I'm in Seattle, and in about a month I'm gonna need to bring "Lord Cavendish" indoors. Do I need to top it? I'm guessing it's not going to like suddenly being indoors and not getting as much light. How can I make this transition as stress free a possible?
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Bringing Dwarf Cavendish inside for winter?

I kept a couple of five gallon pots inside last winter and they have been killing it on my front porch this year (and a couple of "volunteers" in the compost pile!).

Just reduce watering drastically and wait until temps warm back up next spring.

Don't cut the pups back, let them grow and soon you'll have a jungle of bananas!
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Ditto to what Sixtysix posted, that is exactly what I do with my Zebrina every year, I put her in front of my south facing window, just be very careful with the watering, I killed my first one years ago by not checking the soil thoroughly and she died of root rot.
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Hi y'all,

This is my Dwarf Cavendish's first year in Seattle, and it's been outside all summer in a ten gallon plastic pot. It gets watered daily, and I've been fertilizing it one every two weeks alternating with liquid fish fertilizer and a generic organic dry vegetable bed fertilizer and it seems to be extremely happy. It has four suckers that I've been cutting at the ground level but haven't dug into the soil after, because I didn't want to risk damaging the root system. Please let me know if this is a good regimen, I've just been guessing, trying, and monitoring it.

So my question is this: I'm in Seattle, and in about a month I'm gonna need to bring "Lord Cavendish" indoors. Do I need to top it? I'm guessing it's not going to like suddenly being indoors and not getting as much light. How can I make this transition as stress free a possible?
Thanks!
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You are doing good....keep it up.

Do a fast Youtube search...
keywords.

Overwintering a banana plant....growlights.

Pick and choose which you can use..

This will prove the way to get many opinions which can help you......there is no bad way.

Do what you can afford and maintain .
The smaller the plant ..the easier it is to maintain.

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I have a blue java growing outdoors in the PNW for the first time, this has been a learning experience for me. I am going to have to bring it in doors, of that I am sure.
My climate differs slightly from Seattle due to the proximity to the mountains.

I am at a loss as to what grow lights to use since they are all regrettably designed for growing marijuana. I have a 300 watt variable full spectrum LED grow light that i've been experimenting with. I think it's too strong.
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I am at a loss as to what grow lights to use since they are all regrettably designed for growing marijuana. I have a 300 watt variable full spectrum LED grow light that i've been experimenting with. I think it's too strong.
The lights which grow cannibis are exactly the same as the ones that keep bananas alive for the winter.

Cannibis forums have the best internet DYI lighting information on how to grow your plant.... while the plants are different the requirements are the same.

And, since you have a variable unit you may dial in the best spectrum possible for your plant.

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