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banana dormancy

Post by Mr List » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:05 pm

i have three sikkimensis in my cellar for the winter but they are still growing, been there for weeks by now too.

obviously if they keep growing in the dark they will exhaust themselves and rot the corms.

how can i get them to slow right down?


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Re: banana dormancy

Post by jungle jas » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:06 pm

I put mine in the freezer! Stops them stone dead. :roll: icon_thumright
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Re: banana dormancy

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:43 pm

Musa don't really go dormant like ensetes do.

Musa just slow down in growth when the temp drops.


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Re: banana dormancy

Post by Mr List » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:55 pm

i can't seem to win with sikkimensis, talk about a love-hate relationship :lol:


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Re: banana dormancy

Post by greendragon » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:07 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:Musa don't really go dormant like ensetes do.

Musa just slow down in growth when the temp drops.
So Musa will die if left to dry out like an Ensete?
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Re: banana dormancy

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:28 pm

greendragon wrote: So Musa will die if left to dry out like an Ensete?
You can overwinter a dry rhizome on some Musa, but not all, but if it is too warm it will try to grow.

Drought initiates domancy in Ensete, cold initiates dormancy,in Musa, for those that can do it. :wink:
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Re: banana dormancy

Post by jungle jas » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:39 am

Dave Brown wrote:
greendragon wrote: So Musa will die if left to dry out like an Ensete?
You can overwinter a dry rhizome on some Musa, but not all, but if it is too warm it will try to grow.

Drought initiates dormancy in Ensete, cold initiates dormancy,in Musa, for those that can do it. :wink:
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Re: banana dormancy

Post by Vagetarian » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:39 am

That depends on the species but it will be somewhere in between the min. temp. for growth and the max. temp. for death. :D

5 degrees C is probably a safe bet.


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Re: banana dormancy

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:07 am

As said it will depend on the species, and some like dwarf cav and Siam Ruby will just die.

It will need specific questions, not just Musa. Same as palms they are all different :)
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