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Old 04-05-2017, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
Location: Central Texas
Zone: 8b, and also 9b
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Default How to prepare corms for shipping?

I read this at

Bananas are propagated from offshoots (suckers or keikis) or corms (bullheads). If enough buds are present, large bullheads can be halved or quartered.
Planting material should be treated for nematodes:

(1) Cut off bottom half of corm and, if discolored, trim off up to 2/3 of the bottom of the corm until only clean white tissue remains.
(2) Trim off about 1/2 inch of tissue around the sides of the corm.
(3) If bullheads are used, cut off the pseudostem 3-4 inches above the top of the corm.
(4) Either,
(a)Immerse the trimmed corms in a hot water bath at 50 - 52 degrees C (122 - 126 degrees F) for 15 - 20 minutes. Before planting, place the corms in a transparent plastic bag at room temperature until new roots begin to appear.
(b) Coat the corms with parafilm wax prior to shipment or storage."

OK, so what is the consensus here? Would the members prefer to receive corms that have been trimmed that aggressively to insure that no diseases were shipped? Or would they prefer receiving corms that have had only enough trimming to remove dirt, roots, and bad spots (if any)?

I have a couple mats that need to be thinned/moved. Brazilian (dwarf?), and Raja Puri (both originally from going-bananas).
Central Texas Zone 8B and Gulf Coast zone 9B: Raja Puri, Dw. Brazilian, Dw. Orinoco, Dw. NamWah, Manzano, Goldfinger?, Dw. Cavendish, Dw. Green?, Dw. Red? Dw. Iholena, Patupi, Tigua, Veinte Cohol, Misi Luki, FHIA-21 (so far).
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