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Old 08-28-2009, 03:11 AM   #141 (permalink)
 
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Hello from the relatively cold Finland.
This is the first year I'm trying bananas out and will try to overwinter a smallish basjoo, let's see how that goes.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:17 AM   #142 (permalink)
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Welcome Ilmr!
Keep us updated. We ll try to help U as much as we can.
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Hey Ilmr!
Wow,you're from Finland, welcome!!! You got the biggest challenge of all
How hot are the summers and how cold are winters in Finland?? Good luck with your Basjoo
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:45 AM   #144 (permalink)
 
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Wow,you're from Finland, welcome!!! You got the biggest challenge of all
How hot are the summers and how cold are winters in Finland?? Good luck with your Basjoo
Cheers. The growthseason here starts at early may and ends in early october (+- few weeks). Finland stretches in to the arctic so up north it's a lot colder than here in "the south". I'd say that where my bananas are at the temperatures range from -27c to +27c (-17f to 80f). The summer's differ in nature and sometimes you have a lot of sunshine and warmth and sometimes it stays at 17-18c for ages.
January and february are naturally the coldest months and it can be below freezing for quite some time. December has been a disappointment for the last decade, with a british style of never ending rain instead of snow happyness. I should prolly dig up some proper statistics and not be as fuzzy about it as I am now.

EDIT: I have a thread here where I'll try to document my adventures and I'll prolly put some decent data there (if I can find anything)
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Hi fellow Europeans,

I'm from Antwerp, Belgium. I have a small garden but I still enjoy growing exotic plants and bananas are my favorite plants. 2 years ago I almost had a Musa Basjoo in flower but then it became too cold. Last winter was very cold for a long time and even with protection the stems were frozen, but many suckers came up and now my Basjoos are looking great. I also have a Musella Lasiocarpa in flower that looks impressive, an Ensete Maurelii and a Dwarf Cavendish. This year I also tried some seeds of different bananas but I only had success with Snow Banana.

The weather is still great here +20C so no worries yet!

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Old 11-03-2009, 06:02 PM   #146 (permalink)
 
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Hello Everyone
I'm from Poland and my region is Lesser Poland, I am interested in cold hardy bananas and any other exoctic plants which can grow whole year outside the house in Polish conditions, so they must stand at least -10C (obviously it would be perfcet if they could stand -20 C but this is wishful thinking)
I have one banana plant in my garden which I'v bought under the name "Freddi Banani"


This is it in my garden (Spring)


and in the end of September

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Hi Seweryn
i saw the pictures of your bakcyard, I know you have eucaliptus, a fig tree in pot, musa and canna? in the rigth of the pictures

I don´t know what sp is freddi banana, may be probably basjoo or basjoo sahalin 8 (these are the hardiest musas)

well good look for winter, and protect them from frost

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Old 11-04-2009, 04:29 AM   #148 (permalink)
 
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Hi , I have alos some opuntias, poncirus trifolitata, pittosporum, beshorneria, yucca, arbutus undeo, passiflora, Quercus ilex and Q. coccifera, punica granatum, lagerstroemia.... (for some of these plants it will be the very first winter out ).
I will try to put some photos in the other thread soon.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:46 AM   #149 (permalink)
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Hi Sew, it's Musa basjoo 100%. That name was invented for no reason in Germany and ever since sold in Europe like that.
You can tell also from the leaf shape. Nice collection you have there, keep on collecting.
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:15 PM   #150 (permalink)
 
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Thanx Jack and Clarlosfv, I do think it is an basjoo but the producer sells it as a variety which can be more freeze tollerant than the regular one, and portecting it by licence. Nevermind, maybe I will compare them one day.

I also tried Trachycarpus, it had survived the the winter but i dug it up a month ago becouse I think it was to small for growing in the garden.
If you are iterested in palm experiments in Poland this is the link to some forum; it's whole in Polish but you should undrestund some.

Oleander - Forum - FORUM BOTANICZNE / FORUM OGRODNICZE / PORADY OGRODNICZE - PALMY / PAPROCIE - Duże palmy w gruncie w kujawsko-pomorskim
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:52 AM   #151 (permalink)
 
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Hi Sev ...Your bananas have a really good looking in the ferns...Is this eucalyptus gunni?your Canna Stutgart looks good too... I think that Fredibanani is a Basjoo to we have it in supermarket it's another commercial name like basjoo yangtse or fuji yama or Sakkahlin and so on...Do you know Andres ,a guy who grows bananas and palm in Poland ?He comes very regulary in a french forum about palms..
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:37 AM   #152 (permalink)
 
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Tanx, I has just seen your gallery - this is real tropic!

I am fed up with this ferns, they are like a weeds. That eucaliptus it's nor gunnii I think, 2 years ago I sowed E. gunni and 1 plant was different and this is the stange one, (so actually I dont know what species it is, I have 3 "real" gunnii in the garden too). This year i also sowed some gunnii and again 1 of them is different - leaves are green not silver.
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Yes. I know him, he writes on polish forums too.
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Hi I´m from central north spain coast
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Hi y'all, only just seen this part of the forum, I'm in the U.K. and still waiting for it to warm up. Aarrrgh!
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Hi y'all, only just seen this part of the forum, I'm in the U.K. and still waiting for it to warm up. Aarrrgh!
Hope it warms up for you soon. Central Europe is, along with southern countries, the warmest part of Europe these days (and weeks). So yeaaaaay!!! Finally. Spring began here some time ago, with narcissus being almost completely open.
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Check out the actual weather on the roof top of my home below.
Today is a quite windy, cloudy day with some rain, but still not cold. The last week was quite pleasent with temps around 20° C and lows around 10° C.
The next days should be like the last days, so spring finally arrived.
My nanners that have survived this winter are showing all new growth. My Lemon Trees and my Hibiscus is starting as well.
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Check out the actual weather on the roof top of my home below.
Today is a quite windy, cloudy day with some rain, but still not cold. The last week was quite pleasent with temps around 20° C and lows around 10° C.
The next days should be like the last days, so spring finally arrived.
My nanners that have survived this winter are showing all new growth. My Lemon Trees and my Hibiscus is starting as well.
Same here, but night temps are falling to 6 - 10°C. Nice weather indeed.
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ECCOMI!
From southest part of Italy: I live in Sicily.
Banana var. I am growing:
Dwarf Brazilian
Zan Moreno
Mona Lisa
Misi Luki
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Hi..... here's another italian bananas' (and palms) enthusiast from Rome.

The last week-end was not very good but for the rest here in Rome we are having good temperatures for the 'nanas.... 16-20 degrees at night and 28-30 degrees at 14.00 with 50/60% of humidity...

I'm growing 2 Dwarf Cavendis , 1 musella lasiocarpa, 1 basjoo and one (presumed) Orinoco

You can see some pics of them in another topic in this section

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Hello...
From Cantabria, Spain.


I am another lover of the bananas and have as challenge obtain eatable bananas here.




Ensete ventricosum:


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