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Old 12-13-2011, 05:25 PM   #981 (permalink)
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Finally stopped long enough to walk the dog.Steady light rain from 5am till 1:30 pm.
The rain yesterday and today was great from my viewpoint -- another week of labor-free watering for my potted nursery stock. I'm also glad it stopped: Tony gets to walk his dog and I have a chance to get some outdoor chores done without getting soaked.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:08 PM   #982 (permalink)
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:30 PM   #983 (permalink)
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Leaves range from looking pretty bad on some varieties to pretty good on others. Overall, I'd say California Gold looks better than it appears in the photo below. Texas Star is behind California Gold and not visible in the photo but looks very good.





1. Veinte Cohol
2. Senorita (tall)
3. Hy Brazilian
4. California Gold
5. Unknown Indian (not Harjaray)
6. Ae Ae (collapsing!)
7. San Jose (in two photos)
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9. Mystery “Busy Bee”
10. Unknown (Orinoco?)

There are others in the photo but they're just obscured too much to bother mentioning.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:41 PM   #984 (permalink)
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they look PRETTY GOOD
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:55 PM   #985 (permalink)
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I can't say for sure if my banana garden has had frost or not. I stood on the garage roof to take the first photo and it's had heavy frost on it 10 times so far this year. I've moved most of my bananas over closer to my pool in hopes that it will serve as a heat bank and aid them (sure seems to help the Senorita which is leaning over the pool). With the pool to the south and the redwood trees to the west and my house to the east, that might keep the area slightly warmer. Some plants still look pretty bad, though. The Ensete muarelii is just on the other side of the palm and is looking pretty bad and my Ae Ae is real bad. The Dwarf Namwah and Raja puri also look worse than I had expected. My variegated Tanee (sp?) doesn't look to swift either and I need to dig up a pup of that as a backup and move it into my greenhouse. My Namwah (tall) is looking pretty good.
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You either have a nice micro climate or weak frost! They don't look bad at all for 8 frosts!
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You either have a nice micro climate or weak frost! They don't look bad at all for 8 frosts!
That's 10 frosts! We had frost on 11/8 and 11/9 and then in 8 of the past 9 days. Each time the roof of my house had a solid blanket of frost. Most mornings were 32F or higher but we got down to 29.4F one morning last week.
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BTW, somebody else should be growing these Indian bananas I've got as I don't know if they will take the winter here and I don't know what they are. They might be pretty good!
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I think I want to get a weather station. I've seen mixed reviews on the ones that run in the low 100s. The Davis ones seem really nice.... and expensive. Any personal experiences from others here?
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We seem to be pretty consistently 9 degrees warmer this winter too. Strange! I'm worried about frosts next month though.
Your forecast lows are the same as mine yet when I check your morning temps. they are higher ? Does it warm up that fast where you are ?
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:56 AM   #992 (permalink)
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Still having this weird weather pattern of lows in the upper 60s and highs in the mid-upper 70s with an east wind and passing light showers. Totally bizarre for this time of year. It is quite comfortable though.
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Something weird going on there Harvey. It only takes one frost here to wipe out all my leaves. Big Tony just lost his leaves to one frost. He's located in the Valley somewhere.
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Something weird going on there Harvey. It only takes one frost here to wipe out all my leaves. Big Tony just lost his leaves to one frost. He's located in the Valley somewhere.
Maybe because they are "hardened off" here with cold weather preceding the frosts. I think if a banana is growing vigorously and hit with a frost it's probably more likely to see damage. I took a photo of my garage roof this morning. My garage is unheated. My house didn't have frost on the roof that I could see (the attic is insulated but not very well).

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Hmm, interesting theory!
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I've had frost here enough to kill back some clover,grasses
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It's a little more than a theory, though I don't know if it applies to bananas. On fruit and nut trees, they can suffer significant damage if the encounter freezing weather when they are not dormant. The phloem will freeze and cells rupture. Damage to my leaves are very apparent but just don't show up very well in those photos. I'll try to take more.

The frosty weather results in leaves dropping off of my chestnuts and pomegranates which means I'll soon get busy pruning. One year we had fierce winds and rains that blew over some chestnut trees as they hadn't dropped off their leaves yet. That certainly won't be a problem this year.
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