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Old 09-05-2021, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Can a container-grown blue Java fruit in zone 10a?

I have a couple of these guys (https://www.dropbox.com/s/dvw94c870e...023.jpg?dl=0)- this is one of the more grown pups from the largest one, whose pseudo stem is about 6’ tall at this point.

I grow them mostly for the novelty value, but I’m curious if I could get this one to fruit eventually. I am thinking of moving it to a warm spot next to the house as the temps start to drop in late fall, and using frost cloth (and maybe old style Christmas lights or something?) to keep it warm over winter.

I’m in the sf Bay Area of California and we rarely get a freeze warning and never a hard freeze (climate change aside, of course, who knows going forward).

My question is, is it worth the effort? Could these even fruit in pots that aren’t gigantic? I have a tiny suburban backyard and zero room for huge pots or in-ground planting. I just more wanna know if they’re just destined to be decorative or if I should give it a shot, and if so, what should I do?

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Old 09-05-2021, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Can a container-grown blue Java fruit in zone 10a?

I am growing 4 varieties ,dwarf cavendish, blue java, dwarf orinoco, and a mystery plant that the guy said was FHIA. I also live in the bay area, East Bay to be exact. I've had the orinoco and mystery plant for a little over 2 years now. My oldest mystery plant and orinoco flowered this summer and we grown exclusively in large pots.
The cavendish are the only ones that have problems with our winters. I'll bring them inside if we get a freeze warning, but I don't do anything to the other plants. The biggest issue I've had with them is getting blown over during windy days. Their pseudostems are 6-8ft tall. Oh yeah, I also drill holes in the bottom of the pots so the water drains out

I bought my blue java from a guy in Sacramento. His established plants' pseudostems were at least 15ft tall. I have 2 and I just put them in the ground after being in a pot for a year. If yours are the same, I would be worried that it would fall over

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I am growing 4 varieties ,dwarf cavendish, blue java, dwarf orinoco, and a mystery plant that the guy said was FHIA. I also live in the bay area, East Bay to be exact. I've had the orinoco and mystery plant for a little over 2 years now. My oldest mystery plant and orinoco flowered this summer and we grown exclusively in large pots.
The cavendish are the only ones that have problems with our winters. I'll bring them inside if we get a freeze warning, but I don't do anything to the other plants. The biggest issue I've had with them is getting blown over during windy days. Their pseudostems are 6-8ft tall.

I bought my blue java from a guy in Sacramento. His established plants' pseudostems were at least 15ft tall. If yours is the same, I would be worried that it would fall over
Big plant.....big container.
There are forum members in Japan that grow these to fruit stage with planned success.
And there are some in the San Diego area that do it as well

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Default Re: Can a container-grown blue Java fruit in zone 10a?

Im in the same area as you. I'm in the east bay, hayward to be exact. I haven't had any cold problems yet but I am also minutes from the bay. I am currently fruiting a Blue Java ( confirmed on here ) in a 65 gallon, which my guess is bigger then you want to do. I have the 65g sitting on plastic pallets and using webbing to strap down to the pallets to help support the weight if we get strong winds, so far so good.

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Default Re: Can a container-grown blue Java fruit in zone 10a?

Hello, it is a good idea to move to a warm place because bananas like very warm places and, as I think by the appearance, in a year this banana tree should finally bear fruit, unfortunately, they will not be in pots, you have to plant them and if you do not have a place, there will be decoration or try where to plant it behind the house
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