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Old 11-11-2018, 06:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Musa Basjoo prep for winter

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How cold can it get before I need to prep for winter? What temps can it tolerate prior to mulching etc?
Leaves die at heavy frost/pseudostems freeze starting around 25F.

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If I were to put some temporary fencing around it and dump leaves inside the fencing, would this be adeqaute?
Probably

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I have some pups emerging.....do these need to be divided or can I leave them? at what size can I divide?

Divide plants around 3' tall and up for best results


Zone 6-7 Options
Option 1) don't do anything and the main stems will die but it will probably come back with what looks like pups around old corm

Option 2) cut back pseudostem 'angled 45 degrees' around 6"-1' tall and cover with a big pile of mulch. It will come back from main stems

Option 3) cut back 2-4' and enclose with 2' tall chicken wire. Fill with mulch or dry leaves in bottom then fill in top with dry hay. Then cover. I used a 'duck cover fountain cover 68"' on amazon. Some people say they will grow just as big without doing this but I don't know. This is what I do though.
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