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Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 12-10-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,252
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Cold hardy good tasting dwarf banana's

There are some bananas that are borderline edible (but not really good eating equality) down to 8b, maybe 8a with a little bit of protection, but that is in climates further south. In Northern France...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 11-22-2019, 04:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,567
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Are Musa Basjoo leaves and flowers edible?

I don't see why basjoo should be any different than any other banana when it comes to edibility, so long as we are not talking about the fruits.
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 11-22-2019, 04:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,567
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Are Musa Basjoo leaves and flowers edible?

It's a hardy banana but I would not say it is "close" to basjoo in hardiness.

"hardy" is a relative term, of course
Forum: Banana Recipes 09-06-2019, 12:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 18,287
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Banana leaves in cooking

The reason for using banana leaves mainly has to do with the utility of the cooking method.
It holds in the moisture during cooking, or in the case of steaming, prevents the inside from absorbing...
Forum: Banana Plants For Sale & Auction 09-05-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 305
Posted By SoCal2warm
Is there someone in zone 9 interested in hybridizing bananas?

Is there anyone here with a lot of land in climate zone 9 or 10 who would be interested in trying to carry out banana hybridization?
I mean to try to breed a more cold hardy new banana variety?

I...
Forum: Banana Identification 09-04-2019, 10:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 544
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Thomsonii or cheesmanii

Helen's Hybrid is a hybrid, so the offspring seedlings, even if it was self-pollinated, may not look exactly like the parent. They could resemble Sikkimensis or Chini Champa more in different...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 09-04-2019, 10:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 548
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Helen's Hybrid Update

Here's one of my Helen's Hybrid seedlings I grew from seed

http://www.bananas.org/gallery/watermark.php?file=65275 (http://www.bananas.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=65229&ppuser=28688)


I'd show...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 09-04-2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,961
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: How to breed (seedless) Bananas for Temperate climates

Here's a Helen's Hybrid seedling that I grew from seed

http://www.bananas.org/gallery/watermark.php?file=65275 (http://www.bananas.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=65229&ppuser=28688)
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 08-29-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,038
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Bananas in the Pacific Northwest?

I have some Madake (Giant Timber bamboo, Phyllostachys bambusoides, not a species commonly grown in cultivation) which is not particularly cold hardy but survived here. I could tell it maybe wasn't...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 08-29-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,038
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Bananas in the Pacific Northwest?

A correction about basjoo bananas surviving here; that was 2017-2018 an exceptionally mild winter. By contrast, the first half of February 2019 was definitely a colder winter than normal, with an...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 08-26-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,844
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Musa Pisang Ceylon

It's now huge, 8 to 12 feet tall (depending on how you measure it)

http://www.bananas.org/gallery/watermark.php?file=65229&size=1...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 07-23-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,961
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: How to breed (seedless) Bananas for Temperate climates

Mississippi State Trial Gardens has Red Abyssinian, Bordelon, and Thai Black growing outside, USDA climate zone 8a.

(Cold Tolerant Bananas, MissStateExtension, YouTube video)


The following...
Forum: Banana Seed Germination Forum 07-03-2019, 08:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 384
Posted By SoCal2warm
cold periods to increase seed germination rate

I read that cycling cold hardy banana species seeds through warm and cool temperature differences while they are in the process of germinating can help increase germination rates.

This might even be...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 07-03-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: some thoughts about hybridizing Musa basjoo

At least Basjoo is technically in the same genus (Musa) as regular bananas.

Some of the other common hardy banana species, like Abyssinian banana, are in the genus Ensete. Or the very hardy Musa...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 07-03-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By SoCal2warm
some thoughts about hybridizing Musa basjoo

This thread is not going to be so much about bananas, specifically, but about other plant varieties that might be applicable to trying to hybridize bananas.

There has been much speculation about...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 07-03-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,961
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: How to breed (seedless) Bananas for Temperate climates

seedman.com

One of the seedlings appears to be growing very fast now, the little sprout is a centimeter above the soil.

I have them inside a special grow enclosure, with artificial lighting. They...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 07-03-2019, 12:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,961
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: How to breed (seedless) Bananas for Temperate climates

Something interesting I found, but it doesn't cite a source:

"Already in the 1930s Musa basjoo was crossed with Musa 'Mysore' successfully. In each of the 10 bunches was one seed found, total 10...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 06-30-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,961
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: How to breed (seedless) Bananas for Temperate climates

Good news!

2 (out of 10 ) of my Helen's Hybrid seeds have begun germinating after only 11 days.


This is beyond my expectations, I didn't think the germination rate would be this high, or that they...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 06-15-2019, 09:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 881
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: California Gold Banana in Portland Oregon

It's called the "banana belt" of Oregon for a reason. I've heard accounts of Meyer lemon trees surviving outside along that sliver of coast.


Just to clarify, you're saying your California Gold...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 06-15-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,393
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Musa basjoo never makes it

Olympia, WA, here and the Winter before last year (2017-2018 ) was unusually mild here on the West Coast. (This was the same year you had a devastating freeze on the East Coast that killed back a lot...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 06-15-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,961
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: How to breed (seedless) Bananas for Temperate climates

I just ordered some Helen's Hybrid (Sikkimensis x Chini-Champa), Musa Sikkimensis, and Thomson's Edible Banana (Musa thomsonii) seeds.


Germinating banana seeds is difficult. The last time I tried...
Forum: Cold Hardy Bananas 06-15-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 881
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: California Gold Banana in Portland Oregon

I've done some past research (mostly shifting through past threads of other people's accounts), and from what I gathered I can tell you that California Gold is going to be very borderline, and most...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 10-21-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,403
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Greenhouse bananas

In the Pacific Northwest, zone 8a
I bought a cheap vinyl circular greenhouse tent, about 8 feet in diameter, that would be really good for growing a banana in-ground.
Put a 55 gallon water barrel in...
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 10-21-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,844
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Musa Pisang Ceylon

Pisang Ceylon growing in Southern California, zone 10

http://www.bananas.org/gallery/watermark.php?file=63998&size=1 (http://www.bananas.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=63998&ppuser=28688)
Forum: Main Banana Discussion 10-15-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 445
Posted By SoCal2warm
Re: Length of Grow Light Use

This is kind of a matter of much personal opinion and contention but I don't think it makes much of a difference. Assuming the intensity of light is at the optimal level, I would leave it on all the...
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