Banana Help - What to do Dwarf Cavandish

pergola123December 27, 2013

It has been cold here this winter. Cusp of freezing.
My sad bananas had my first crop. Now the plant appears sort of dead and the bananas have black spots on the green.
I had thought Dwarf Cavandish was supposed to go down to low temps - that this was a characteristic.
Well, what to do now. I know Nothing about bananas and now I have bought 2 other babies of which 1 appears to be suffering.
Will the mother come back. I had thought that you could only get bananas off the new babies. One baby is attached to the mother and is also suffering.
Someone told me to dig up and wrap, but the mother had bananas.
Thanks in advance from the novice. Carol

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In my experience Dwarf Cavendish are very cold sensitive. I can't tell you how many bunches I have lost over the years, even to light frosts. I almost never get ripe bananas from mine. On the other hand, Orinoco and apple banana fruit dependably. I have added Ice Cream and Raja Puri but don't have much experience with them yet. Last winter, I lost my first bunch of Raja Puri to a frost - not a freeze. The Ice Cream that I planted at the same time just gave us our first bunch.

This post was edited by shuffles on Fri, Dec 27, 13 at 16:23

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 2:22PM
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oh, thanks so much, I will write these down.
Shuffles, it seems you are in the same zone I am in.

Could you please let me know if you left the successful banana plants in the ground for the winter or are yours in pots ?
I'll try to get the others you recommended.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 7:20PM
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I grow them in the ground. Here, it rarely goes to 27 degrees. We usually have at least one freeze every winter, not last winter, though.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 8:39AM
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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Dwarf Cavendish are not cold tolerant at all. It will be very difficult to grow this particular banana, protect it during the winter and expect fruit in the summer. There are better choices for the Gulf Coast area. A previous post mentioned Orinoco, Raja Puri. I agree with these choices. Dwarf Orinoco, California Gold, which might be a sport of Dwarf Orinoco, Dwarf Brazilian are also choices. On the Gulf Coast, we should expect to see fruit 18 to 20 months after planting a pup. This means a banana needs to be able to survive at least one winter by whatever means the grower can provide. In mild winters, a grower needs to do nothing, In cold winters, the grower needs to protect the pseudostem. A banana plant needs to flower by May generally for the fruit to mature and ripen by the first frost of the fall. If the fruit is not ripe and experiences a frost, that fruit most likely is history.


    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 1:25PM
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