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Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 04-06-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,882
Posted By eric27
Re: Musa Mekong Giant winter update

Mine handled it well. The leaves didn't show much damage until about 28 degrees or so. Much like Musa Basjoo. However my 2 plants didn't make it this past winter, our 5th WARMEST WINTER EVER, with...
Forum: Tissue Culturing & Other Propagation Techniques of Banana Plants 02-26-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,812
Posted By eric27
Re: Scarifying seeds?

This is my experience. Some seeds beneift and some don't. If you don't chip canna seeds you will wait much longer, if you even get any germinaton. I have found Ensete seeds seemed to respond well to...
Forum: Other Plants Wanted 02-25-2012, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,838
Posted By eric27
Canna Altensteinii seed

Does anyone know of a good source for this seed in the US or can ship to the US?

Thanks!

Eric
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 02-09-2012, 01:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,882
Posted By eric27
Re: Musa Mekong Giant winter update

you are right nanner! That is my experience. Bananas I leave out grow better, faster and bigger than ones I dig up and overwinter inside. No doubt about that. Assuming they make it of course! I think...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 02-09-2012, 11:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,882
Posted By eric27
Re: Musa Mekong Giant winter update

nanner it sounds like it too. Only I don't have 2 young strapping kids to help just young cats who have no interest in hauling plants! You are right, the lows have not been very low. And anyway I...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 02-09-2012, 09:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,882
Posted By eric27
Re: Musa Mekong Giant winter update

I should add the whole reason I do this is to push the limits, and I'm sick of dragging pots in every fall! So what doesn't make it doesn't.
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 02-09-2012, 09:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,882
Posted By eric27
Re: Musa Mekong Giant winter update

I'm just catching up here from the last few days.

Olaf thanks I will check those links and have a good and safe trip!

Bigdog the size of the stems, really the thicknes is what concerned me last...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 02-05-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,882
Posted By eric27
Re: Musa Mekong Giant winter update

Hey Olaf,

Thanks for your response and concern. I have been trying to figure out also what it might be and I made a list of 3 things:

1. A less than ideal microclimate (or lack of)
2. That I left...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 02-03-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,882
Posted By eric27
Re: Musa Mekong Giant winter update

Thanks Howard! I'll update later in March. This is what I enjoy doing, pushing the limits. I just like seeing better results. By the way how are yours doing inside?
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 02-03-2012, 05:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,882
Posted By eric27
Re: Musa Mekong Giant winter update

Thanks! They still might. Was hoping to save some height though.

From Brian's Botanicals.
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 02-03-2012, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,882
Posted By eric27
Musa Mekong Giant winter update

I thought I would give an update on how they are doing as I was able to check on them today. This is not what I had hoped for or expected. Both of them froze almost to the ground, to about 2 or 3...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 01-25-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,216
Posted By eric27
Re: Basjoos froze...heater failed in greenhouse

Pyro I can tell by your pictures that they are fine. No need to worry all that happened are the leaves got fried, which on basjoos generally happens at about 28 degrees or so. The pseudostem can...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 12-19-2011, 09:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 29,536
Posted By eric27
Re: Growing Musa Mekong Giant

Thanks nanner! Merry Christmas to you too! It is coming up fast once again.

That one was 5 1/2 to 6 feet tall at the leaf axis, probably close to 7 counting the top of the leaf. The leaves, as it...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 12-18-2011, 11:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 29,536
Posted By eric27
Re: Growing Musa Mekong Giant

Howard here is a closeup of the dark pstem on one of mine from late Oct. The bigger it got the more pronounced the color. It is a red/purple/black. My camera doesn't pick it up as well as it...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 12-01-2011, 10:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,054
Posted By eric27
Re: Warmer-than-average winter in US acc to TWC

Richard I'll take the cold and some sun over the dark any day!

Nick I remember that. Yeah last year was a La Nina, and the year before was an El Nino. It's been a rough few years now. NAO does have...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-30-2011, 10:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,054
Posted By eric27
Re: Warmer-than-average winter in US acc to TWC

I'm so jealous. Next week Monday we won't even hit 31! Enjoy those warm temps!





It sure sounds like it! That is very interesting. Thanks for the info. There are times where we can a whole week...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-30-2011, 08:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,054
Posted By eric27
Re: Warmer-than-average winter in US acc to TWC

Low 20s!!!! It was in the low 40s today-for the high. That felt balmy. haha!
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-30-2011, 08:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,054
Posted By eric27
Re: Warmer-than-average winter in US acc to TWC

Richard I wouldn't mind having your zone 10 winter here too. What is the coldest you got last year roughly?
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-30-2011, 08:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,054
Posted By eric27
Re: Warmer-than-average winter in US acc to TWC

Nate I've never been a fan of the weather channel, but yeah for you La Nina's generally (in a normal La Nina episode) give the south and southeast a warmer than average winter. But up here in WI,...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-29-2011, 03:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,525
Posted By eric27
Re: Retaining some pseudostem length after harvest

A biologist I knew a long time ago told me this in regards to cannas. He grew many of them from seed etc. He said to wait to cut the cannas down in fall until after a freeze hit them and then to...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 11-23-2011, 03:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,954
Posted By eric27
Re: Unique overwintering question

Yes water them but don't soak them. I killed 2 last winter by underwatering. The rootball pulling away from the pot is an obvious sign it needs water. But the crispy leaves are also a sign, along...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 11-13-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,373
Posted By eric27
Re: Storing bananas for winter!!! UGH!!!

I will Howard. I want to get some late season pics up this week if I can. I have been so busy outside digging up canans, elephaant ears, raking leaves, covering the bananas etc. I had my basjoo and...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 11-12-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,373
Posted By eric27
Re: Storing bananas for winter!!! UGH!!!

Howard-I only cut leaves off for space too. Outside I cut them off only to fit them under the coverings. I leave on whatever I can. Inside I usually leave them on the elephat ears. I noticed it...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-12-2011, 01:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,117
Posted By eric27
Re: Basjoo browning

Could be spider mites. Check the underside of the leaves. The one leaf in the upper left hand corner looks like it MIGHT have spider mite damage. Hard to say for sure in the picture. But it looks...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 11-10-2011, 10:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,497
Posted By eric27
Re: Cutting pseudostems and fungicide

By the way, where can I get sulfur for dusting the ends? Is there a certain kind to get? I have never used it before so I'm not sure if there is any reason not to use it. I know copper can be toxic....
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