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Talkback: Protecting banana plants over winter

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 01:49

Musa Basjoo is root hardy to at least -15c or lower. You will lose the leaves to a frost and the pseudostem to anthing below freezing. If you protect the pseudostem with either fleece or straw then you have a 65% chance of keeping it intact. Of course it will depend on the winter temperatures. Ensete are a very different ball game altogether to musa basjoo. They do not like anything below freezing and if the plant experiences a freeze it WILL die. These are best either lifted every year before the first frost and stored dry then restarted in to growth the following spring or simply kept potted and still kept dry over winter. The only thing that will happen when stored dry is the growth will stop and that is it. Make sure the growing medium is 50% perlite and 50% MP compost for good drainage. 

Talkback: Growing gunnera

Posted: 17/01/2012 at 18:49
It doesn't have to constantly have it's feet wet but lashings of water would be needed in the summer months. If it does not have its feet wet constantly then you will not receive maximum growth from it in the growing season. But you will need plenty of room in the garden, height and width wise. These are HUGE plants. More so if grown in a boggy area.

Talkback: Most common garden pests

Posted: 17/01/2012 at 18:36
I am very shocked to see that Gnats (fungus flies) has not made it on to the top ten. Once you have these they are a pain to get rid of, If you can get rid of them that is, these also will feed of the roots of your plants. I have now been battling my problem for 2 years with no luck. :-(
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