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Recommend a variety?

Posted by watergal z6/7 Westminster, MD (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 15, 07 at 10:59

I love my basjoos, but I have a windy bed in which I want to feature a banana, and I don't like the shredded leaf look. Can anyone recommend a sturdy leaf that doesn't shred easily in the wind, that gets at least 7 or 8 feet tall? I'm in zone 6/7, so it will have to come in during the winter - I'd like to store dormant in a cool basement.

For a few years I had a red variegated unnamed variety, but it was very prone to mites, kept pupping, and only topped out at about 4 feet, even when planted in the ground outdoors. I let that one freeze this past fall on purpose!

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RE: Recommend a variety?

I am no expert, but many of the dwarf cavendish type have thick leathery leaves that may hold up well in the wind.

RE: Recommend a variety?

I have a dwarf cavendish that looked very nice last year, right now it's a 3' stalk in a pot in the garage. I hope it will do ok this summer. The musa velutina we had last summer at the nursery looked very good for a long time. The only thing I hate about lg. tropical plantings is the bare spots it leaves in the winter (but then all my zone-appropriate plantings look pretty rough in the winter, too-it's not their fault I don't live in Hawaii).

RE: Recommend a variety?

  • Posted by watergal z6/7 Westminster, MD (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 16, 07 at 21:14

thistle, yes, moving to Hawaii would be a much better option, I completely agree!! I found a very cool variegated red-twig dogwood that I'm going to stick in the bed for a little winter interest, maybe a clump of miscanthus grass too.

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