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Joanna
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:08 pm    Post subject: Banana winter protection Reply with quote

Hi

Just want to show my new project for tender bananas.
I've got some fleece from friend Smile . Smelly but lots of lanolin on it Wink







Now my bananas are cozy wrapped, i hope this will get them through the winter.
I didn't dig them up on purpose, simply don't have place to overwinter them. I want to try if they can stay out.

Has anyone got any negative experience with this king of winter protection?

Please let me know, as I still can undo it and think of something else.

But it looks good so far Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im sorry to say they proberly wont last the winter, your ensete maurelii the redish one, likes its roots dry when the growth stops, if it stays outside it will rot,best thing to do is dig it up, and pot it and bring it inside,not hardy at all,your second one looks like a musa dwarf cavendish, even less hardy dosent like temps under 10c and will die if temps dont go above 6c in winter,best pot that one up as well and bring it in,these bananas are not hardy and hate our wet winter climate.If you can bring them inside for winter,they will continue to grow but have them in a sunny place in your house and water well,best of luck both can grow very big. if your going to keep them out you will need some kind of shelter to keep the plant and ground dry,
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Joanna
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh,
I didn't know they need dry feet for winter!

Will have to bring them inside in that case.

It's my first year with bananas, thanks for advice.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Musa Basjoo is the most commonly sold of the hardy banana trees and it is indeed the hardiest of the bunch,and can be kept outdoors in winter in ireland,,also plant out of direct wind.and fleece if the temps drop below -1c
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