Dan Boone wrote:
Dan Allen wrote:I think you'll have good luck either way, especially if you're in southeast oklahoma. I have read of decent results fruiting bananas there.
That swampy little corner of the state is almost tropical, like the part of East Texas it adjoins. I'm told the Oklahoma department of fish and game is terrified that someone will introduce alligators, because they would thrive there but are not present (yet). But, sadly, no: I'm toward the middle of the state where we get hard freezes reliably every year. We even get upper-midwest style blizzards (though not as strong) once every seven or eight years. The last 4 years the low at my house has been 12 degrees F every year.
I just want a big plant with impressive tropical-looking leaves. I am not looking for fruit. However, there is a short-season banana (blue ice cream? -- it's been awhile since I did the research) that puts on fruit in 9-10 months instead of the year-plus frost-free that most bananas seem to need. We currently have a 9-month growing season, and the thirty year outlook has us shifting from 7b to a solid zone 8 as global warming continues. So it may be possible.