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Trying other Bananas where Basjoo gets frozen hard?

Posted by Tropicallvr north coast Cal (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 22, 05 at 21:21

I was just wondering if anyone is experimenting with M.sikkimensis, M.Initinerans, E.glaucum, or other new Musas where M.basjoo is usally the only banana to survive the winter? There are so many other hardy Musa seeds coming into the country now. M.sikkeminsis(red tiger, manipur, red stripe) , M.cheesmanii, M.thomsonii, M.yunnanensis, M.balbisiana(hardy form), and various unnamed Musas from cold areas, making their way here.
I'm going to try M.balbisiana, and M.cheesmanii up in the cold zone 7 hills(or colder), and maybe others if enough sprout.
There has got to be some banana zone pushers out there in the cold north somewhere......


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RE: Trying other Bananas where Basjoo gets frozen hard?

I've been growing Musa sikkimensis, M. itinerans. and M. mannii here for several years. None of them are quite as cold hardy as basjoos, or have its ability to grow when temps are below the 60's F, but have survived winter lows down to 13F. I've planted out seven Ensete glaucum plants and found them no cold hardier than E. ventricosum, they will survive a mild winter (18F), but get killed in a cold (below 15F) winter. None of the cold hardier edible banana cultivars (Rajapuri, Orinoco) have survived a winter here outdoors.


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RE: Trying other Bananas where Basjoo gets frozen hard?

Have you tried Musella lasiocarpa?
Nice flower but no fruit.


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RE: Trying other Bananas where Basjoo gets frozen hard?

Try Canna 'Musafolia' -- it's obviously not a banana but it sure gives the same effect.


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RE: Trying other Bananas where Basjoo gets frozen hard?

Try Canna 'Musafolia' -- it's obviously not a banana but it sure gives the same effect.


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