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Old 10-04-2012, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cold When to Bring Potted Bananas Indoors?

Hey everyone,
So I have several bananas in containers (a DC, a Basjoo, a Goldfinger, and an Ice Cream). Daytime highs are low to mid 80's, but nighttime lows are in the mid to low 50's with a few dips into the 40's. So far no frosts, which probably won't happen for at least another 2 or 3 weeks. But growth has slowed down so much, I'm not really sure if it's harder on the plants to get them to high growth conditions in the day, and then plunge them back into dormanting cold at night or to just bring them in. With the exception of the Ice Cream, all are small enough to be easily brought in for the winter into a big southern facing room with two large windows. Does anyone have any recommendations? I believe bananas go dormant once temps drop below 55 degrees (which every night has been or been below). Thanks for any help!
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The two you have to worry about when it gets colder is the Cavendishes you have. Only one I have coming in for low 40's is the D. Red. :^)
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When in doubt pull them out!!
I have about 2 weeks before I panic and bring stuff in.
I am good to multiple 36 degree nights as long as the days are 68 degrees or higher.The only ones that I will bring in now my Siam Rubys and Maurelli's
Absolutely no frost on anything . Judging from other posts I am on the edge ,but my plants tell me different.
However I do" ebb and flow " many plants to take advantage of the sun once my season is up.
Until it is too late of course.

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better too soon than too late

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it depends on if you want them to grow over winter or mostly just sit there. If you want to kind of "store" them inside, then let them get frosted lightly before you bring them in and expose them to some cooler temps. If you want to get growth on them over winter, then bring them inside before they get too cold and tell themselves it's time to not grow anymore.
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