It's true this is Alaska's Banana Belt

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2003

You might have thought it was trick photography when we published a photo of violets blooming outdoors in February this winter, but it was as real as this banana tree growing in a Soldotna yard during last week's heat wave. The Kenai Peninsula has often been called Alaska's Banana Belt by those who live to the north of us, and now they have proof at Gary Adams residence on Rockwell Street in Soldotna.

According to Adams he has been growing the tree for the last 15 months in his house, "I got it at a floral shop when it was about 8 inches tall. It makes a real nice plant to have in the house, but my ceilings aren't tall enough for it any longer so I moved it outdoors, and that's where it'll stay until it dies," said Adams. Who knows if the winter is as mild as it was last year, maybe Gary will be picking Alaskan bananas next spring.

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