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Forum: Main Banana Discussion 09-11-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By Steve L
Re: Best winterization method for Zone 9?

I just use the inexpensive little lights and run them until it gets above freezing. If itís going to be below about 25, I have heating cables that are manufactured for people in the northern climates...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 09-10-2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By Steve L
Re: Best winterization method for Zone 9?

Those two bananas are pretty cold tolerant. The pstems will be viable down to 30. Below that, I break the leaves and fold them against the pstem. I wrap the entire pstem with folded leaves from...
Forum: Banana Identification 09-09-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By Steve L
Re: What kind of variegated are these?

Don’t think it’s AeAe. Petiole structure makes me think it’s Florida Variegated
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 08-28-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 737
Posted By Steve L
Re: Laura Hurricane

Michael thanks for check in. All my family is safe. Visited my house, my daughters house and my sonís house yesterday. Took me an hour for me and relatives to chainsaw our way down my street to get...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 02-09-2017, 11:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,536
Posted By Steve L
Re: California Gold

Here's what survived our recent freeze in southwest Louisiana. We were 23 one night and 26 the next with 15 hours below freezing the first night:

California Gold, Dwarf Brazilian, Goldfinger,...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-10-2016, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 945
Posted By Steve L
Re: greenhouse bananas and heating cables?

I got mine at Home Depot and they are actually cables for pipes to and from hot water heaters. They have a thermostat set at about 45. I had to order mine online because I can only remember once in...
Forum: Banana Identification 11-08-2016, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,693
Posted By Steve L
Re: Goldfinger?

The male flowers are persistent
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-02-2016, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 945
Posted By Steve L
Re: greenhouse bananas and heating cables?

I've used heating cables occasionally when I am expecting an arctic front and the temps are going to be in the middle 20's at night and not above freezing the next day. Once every 5 or so years. I...
Forum: Banana Identification 10-25-2016, 07:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,693
Posted By Steve L
Re: Goldfinger?

No male flowers yet. Six hands of fruit and counting.
Forum: Banana Identification 10-24-2016, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,693
Posted By Steve L
Goldfinger?

I planted Goldfinger and Sweetheart two years ago. I think I got the tags mixed up. The banana that is fruiting is about 8 feet tall. The other banana is well over 12 feet tall and has a massive...
Forum: Banana Plants Wanted 06-10-2016, 01:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,315
Posted By Steve L
Re: Dwarf Orinoco Wanted

I don't ship anymore but if you're in my area, I have a California Gold pup you can have. Most people believe them to be the same.

Steve
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 01-21-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,200
Posted By Steve L
Re: Massive Dwarf Brazilian flower

Hey Kane, how is the Dwarf Brazilian doing?

Steve
Forum: Banana Identification 10-27-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,032
Posted By Steve L
Re: Bananas near Sargent, TX. Orinoco?

Based on the pictures and your location, they definitely look to be Orinoco, which is very common along the Gulf Coast. The fruit looks very angular which strongly points to Orinoco.

Steve
Forum: Other Plants 09-18-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,152
Posted By Steve L
Bat plant in bloom

This is one of my favorite plants.

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Forum: Ornamental Bananas 06-10-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,740
Posted By Steve L
Re: UH... What is this?

Snookie,

You're definitely growing a Curcuma ginger. It could be any of a number of summer blooming Curcumas but since you're a Louisiana resident, my guess is Curcuma Petiolata. If it is, it has...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 02-05-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,061
Posted By Steve L
Re: Apple, Cali Gold, or Lady Finger

Kane,

Give me a call sometime, I'll fill you in on my growing experience in Lake Charles. I'll PM my phone number to you. Lady Finger is much too cold sensitive to grow in the ground without...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 12-05-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 13,643
Posted By Steve L
Re: Ae Ae

This has happened to me more times than I like to remember. Ae Ae are, for me, the most difficult and problematic banana to grow. The only treatment I have found that will work in your situation,...
Forum: Other Plants 09-11-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,004
Posted By Steve L
Re: Tacca Integrifolia

I bought mine from Gardino's. They have great plants and most are large. The shipping can be as much as the plant but you generally get a blooming size plant. The Tacca came in bloom several years...
Forum: Other Plants 09-08-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,004
Posted By Steve L
Tacca Integrifolia

This is one of my favorite plants. It's a fall bloomer for me and this year, I have a record 9 blooms in various stages of development.

Steve
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Forum: Other Plants 07-15-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,835
Posted By Steve L
Re: Ginger

Most likely. You can cut the whole stalk to the ground, remove all the leaves, make a trench a couple of inches deep and lay the whole stalk in the trench, cover up with dirt. Costus will root from...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 04-29-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 13,643
Posted By Steve L
Re: Ae Ae

There is a nice sized Ae Ae for sale on eBay today only. I have bought from this seller and he is extremely reputable.

Steve
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 04-01-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 35,220
Posted By Steve L
Re: Veinte Cohol

Mine spent the entire winter unprotected. No viable pseudostem from the harsh winter but new growth coming from the corm. I would suspect that with a little protection, like wrapping the pseudostem...
Forum: Tiki Hut 01-03-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 61,277
Posted By Steve L
Re: Southern Weather Forecast

It was 31 at sunrise this morning. The real damage is going to occur on Monday night when NWS is predicting a low of 22. I've occasionally seen these temps before living all my life along the Gulf...
Forum: Tiki Hut 01-02-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 61,277
Posted By Steve L
Re: Southern Weather Forecast

Good luck Michael, those are some chilly temps. We're going to 33 tonight and 28 Monday night which will definitely be the coldest night of the winter so far. Guess I'm going to break out those...
Forum: Tiki Hut 11-28-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 61,277
Posted By Steve L
Re: Southern Weather Forecast

It was 30f this morning in my duck blind at 6 am
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