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  1. Loofah

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    I really must get one of these!
     
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      I got one last weekend :biggrin:
      No idea what kind of banana it is though. All i know is, it used to live outside for the last 25 years or so and didn't die. But it had to move since the previous owners wanted to build a new patio where it was growing. So i secured myself a few saplings.

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      My wife isn't very happy with the idea of having a fully grown 6 meter banana tree in our garden, which is partly understandable.
      This was it before it had to be cut down (back when the previous owner made local news with it):

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        Looks like a Musa basjoo (might have spelt that wrong)
         
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          pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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          6 metres is some height for a basjoo.
          Was this in a winter frost area?
           
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          When you do, and if it flowers, on no account let @pete tell you that it will subsequently die! :biggrin:
          Man speak with forked tongue! One day, I'm going to come over and spray weedkiller all over his 'nanas :roflol:
           
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            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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            You dont forget things easily, do you?:whistle:
             
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              Well it grew in outside soil without a roof or amy winter protection. Only a fence shielding it from the harshest of winds on one side.
              And yes. Frost is a common occurrence where we live (northwest Germany), although or rarely dips below -10°C. And even then it's only for a single night or so. The banana would shed all leaves come autumn however.
               
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                Thanks, interesting as mine usually gets cut right back to the ground below around -5c or so.

                That had obviously not had that happen for a long time, do you get stronger summer heat than we get here.
                 
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                Slowly growing
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