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Alternative to banana for banana circle in Midwest of USA

 
Dan Grubbs
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I'm reaching out to those who have actually planted alternative trees in a banana circle in non-tropical climates.

I live in northwest Missouri (USA) on the border of Zone 5/6. We get a good amount of rain, the peak of our summers are hot and humid and our winter is cold enough where tropicals won't survive. I'm considering pawpaw (asimina triloba, not papaya) for a banana circle but would like to know if anyone else has tried an alternative in the Midwest and found that it worked. Or know of someone who did.



 
Lynne Smith
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Try planting in pots, in fairly large sizes. When new shoots come up, you can transplant to other pots.
In wintertime move them inside, either to a greenhouse or a south facing window. I have known some people lay them spot and covering them, but I prefer them being in a warmer spot.
I like the cavandish myself. But I am looking for other types that bear fruit.
I grow some tropicals and some trees from africa and india. I just move them inside for over wintering.
Plus, it brings a bit of tropical cheer to the insides of your home in the winter.
I hope this helps you.
 
Dan Grubbs
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Someone shared this blog post with me. In the comment thread to the post there are some alternative ideas for a banana circle in temperate climate. It also spurred a great discussion thread on the FB posting where I found it.

https://treeyopermacultureedu.wordpress.com/chapter-10-the-humid-tropics/banana-circle/

In the same thread, Darren Doherty shared this link: http://biologicdesign.co.uk/page.php?pageid=home
 
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