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Mar 13, 2018 1:12 PM CST
Name: Aaron DeMasi
New York (Zone 7a)
Aroids Tropicals Peppers Region: New York
Hi all! I came across this really cool banana plant that grows small pink bananas. I thought it would look showy in my backyard during the summer months. Has anyone tried growing this in New York and is the plant actually as hardy as people say it is? (They say it is cold hardy to zone 7b and the zone I'm in is a bit colder than this, but perhaps mulching or overwintering it indoors could support the plant). Has anyone actually tried this?

Let me know what you all think! nodding

~ Aaron
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Mar 17, 2018 10:21 AM CST
Name: Aaron DeMasi
New York (Zone 7a)
Aroids Tropicals Peppers Region: New York
bump!
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Mar 17, 2018 2:59 PM CST
Name: mikelzz
stamford ct (Zone 6a)
they grow great up here with the summer heat and humidity for a few months great summer annual
Not easy to winter over indoors ,, even in a warm greenhouse
they will NOT survive a zone 6 winter ..

Musa Zebrina with red and green leaves grows well also , and faster for the summer , but does not flower or fruit




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Mar 18, 2018 6:17 PM CST
Name: Aaron DeMasi
New York (Zone 7a)
Aroids Tropicals Peppers Region: New York
Ah beautiful picture @mikelzz ! Thank you very much, I'm glad someone has tried this! nodding
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Mar 18, 2018 6:38 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Can you grow Musa Basjoo? If so then the M. Velutina should be fine also. I would go ahead and try them, just cover the rhizomes well with leaf mulch during the winter. Also, be sure to harvest some seeds when the bananas split open, then you would have a supply for subsequent years.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Mar 19, 2018 2:20 PM CST
Name: mikelzz
stamford ct (Zone 6a)
The depth to which the ground freezes determines what will make it thru the winter .... Here in NY and CT the frost line in CT is around 42" in a cold winter .

Heavily Mulched BasJoo will survive ..not a chance for the . Velutina ,,
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Mar 22, 2018 7:57 PM CST
Name: Aaron DeMasi
New York (Zone 7a)
Aroids Tropicals Peppers Region: New York
Ah thank you for letting me know! I suppose attempting to overwinter it indoors is probably a better idea then.
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Mar 24, 2018 7:48 AM CST
Name: mikelzz
stamford ct (Zone 6a)
much better !
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