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lakesidecallas
Feb 14, 2010 11:41 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Here is the Growing Bananas in Containers forum.
ImageCValentine
Mar 25, 2010 2:06 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Fort Hood, Texas
Banana Buff!!
HI!

I see no posts here, but all my bananas are in pots for the moment!
Thank goodness!
We had such a hard Winter here in Texas this year that I am glad I had them portable & was able to bring most of them inside!

This is my Cali Cold & the little one is a Dwarf Nam Wah!
On the left is a Dwarf Orinoco!
:) ~Cheryl

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lakesidecallas
Mar 25, 2010 2:39 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
All of my bananas are also in pots- I'll post some photos soon.

I like Grip-Lip pots, they're sturdy and easy to move. Not too expensive, either.
ImageCValentine
Mar 27, 2010 11:44 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Fort Hood, Texas
Banana Buff!!
Everything is in containers!!! :D ~Cheryl

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lakesidecallas
Mar 27, 2010 9:24 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Yours all look so healthy! I found another bad one today, unfortunately it's a Siam Ruby, one of my last ones.
I'll have to take a photo- it almost looks as if the dead leaves on the outside are choking off the plant- the new leaves get squeezed out the top but then the pseudostem is too weak for them and topples over.
ImageCValentine
Mar 28, 2010 10:35 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Fort Hood, Texas
Banana Buff!!
I have had such problems with my SR's too Susan.
They are such beautiful, yet temperamental plants.
I had a Margarita/Siam Ruby Gemini twin corm, where both types were growing out of one corm...the SR died back - but the Margarita did just fine.
I will try to find a pic! Smiling
ImageDiamond919
May 13, 2010 2:15 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Indiana
Love forgives all wrongs.
I'm north of you two in zone 5a. I have one Banana Tree and I'm not sure which variety. It has never been outside and I am wondering if you two have your Musa outside in full sun?
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
lakesidecallas
May 13, 2010 2:25 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I have mine in pots and I think they get too hot in full sun. I have mine in the morning sun up until about 12:30pm and they seem to like that.

If I had decent soil I would probably dig a hole to put the pot in, and then have them in more sun, but our soil is all rock. I know the pots are almost too hot to the touch when the sun has been shining on them for a few hours, imagine how the poor roots must feel!
ImageDiamond919
May 13, 2010 4:58 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Indiana
Love forgives all wrongs.
Unfortuantely, the two best areas I have for my tropicals are either south facing sun or north facing sun. The east side is all shade and the west side is reserved for a Dahlia garden. I was hoping the north side would be the area of best sunlight with some west sun.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
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lakesidecallas
May 13, 2010 8:07 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Is the east side 100% shade? Does grass grow there?
ImageDiamond919
May 14, 2010 11:43 AM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Indiana
Love forgives all wrongs.
The east side is not 100% shade. The grass grows beautifully there. It is mostly shade because of the house next door. It's less than 10 ft away.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
lakesidecallas
May 14, 2010 3:32 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Well, if it was my house, I think I'd put the EEs on the East side and the bananas on the north side until they get a little bigger and used to the sun, then move them to the south side.

Cheryl??
ImageCValentine
May 14, 2010 4:21 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Fort Hood, Texas
Banana Buff!!
Hi All!

My container bananas start out on the North side Like yours do Susan & then I move the hardier ones(Dwarf Orinoco, Dwarf Namwah, Dwarf Cavendish) to the South side with the full sun & the more 'delicate' bananas (Gluay Khai, Raja Puri, Red Iholene, Praying Hands) to the Southeast corner of the house where there is more indirect sun.

Thanks!! ~Cheryl

ImageCValentine
May 17, 2010 8:03 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Fort Hood, Texas
Banana Buff!!
Have a 'Texas Star' that is doing well in a container!!!

Any other pics out there? :) ~Cheryl

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lakesidecallas
May 17, 2010 9:02 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
what in the heck is a Texas Star? My bananas are just starting to grow, and still look pretty lousy.
ImageCValentine
May 18, 2010 4:28 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Fort Hood, Texas
Banana Buff!!
A 'Texas Star' is a cold hardy Dwarf Orinoco.
"Even though some banana trees exhibit striking cold hardy qualities, most cultivars are tropical in nature, and will not survive freezing winter temperatures, however, some banana cultivars are very resilient and can surge from a Winter deep freeze to grow into a mature banana tree with giant clusters of bananas, delicious to the taste. Such a banana was discovered growing in Wichita Falls, TX, that survived the fabled freeze of 1983 ? 84 of minus 16 degrees F. to regrow and produce a crop of bananas the following year. This extraordinary cold hardy banana was named ''Texas Star'' Banana." ~source: http://www.freelibrary.com

It did really well in it's container out in the near Zone 6 temps here in Texas this past Winter!!

I am enjoying watching it grow!! :) ~Cheryl
lakesidecallas
May 18, 2010 8:17 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Wow! cool.
Daddyslittlegirl1800
Jun 19, 2010 7:26 AM CST
Name: Regina Giles
Tennessee
Bananas!
Yeah, I have a Texas Star, but it is small right now. I just planted it last week and is growing nicely! I hope it lasts thru the winter because I already have 3 bananas coming in for the winter this year! Lol No more room!! Haha.
Regina Giles
ImageDiamond919
Jun 22, 2010 9:39 AM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Indiana
Love forgives all wrongs.
I tried my older Banana tree in the north side in a mostly shade area. It's not looking nearly as healthy and vibrant as it was. When I had it inside it was in a south facing window. Maybe I could give her a little more sunlight to see how she does???
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
ImageCValentine
Jun 23, 2010 8:38 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Fort Hood, Texas
Banana Buff!!
Regina, LOVE the Texas Star!!!
I cut mine down to store for the Winter.
The corm bounced back really well once it got out into the sun & watered regularly!
Still would LOVE to see pictures of you TS, no matter how small it is!

Hi Anita!!
Did you move it from the pot to the ground?
I find that my 'transplanted' bananas take about 2-3 weeks to bounce back from being moved.
I hope yours comes back alright.
Keep us posted please!!!

Smiling ~Cheryl

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