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Old 08-12-2018, 02:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Broken Basjoo, will it survive?

New here and to growing bananas but have a bit of a problem.

Several weeks ago a storm broke my largest Musa Basjoo clean off at the base. The corm had two stems and the second, smaller one is still healthy and growing so no issues there. It's also throwing a narrow leafed pup.

The broken stem was about three feet tall to the base of the first leaf. In desparation, I cut off all of the leaves from the broken stem to conserve moisture, planted the stem into some very moist (wet) potting compost (just deep enough to bury the bulbous bit at the bottom of the stem) and have kept it well watered ever since. It now has four large, very healthy leaves and is throwing another one.

Question is, will it throw roots and survive?
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Broken Basjoo, will it survive?

Welcome to the Bunch. ... Your question, if it is growing a new leaf it should be OK. I can't see the corm itself breaking like that. So I think the 'bulbous bit' is a corm. The plant just blew over and may be separated from a mother corm.
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Question is, will it throw roots and survive?
Welcome to the Jungle......

It sounds like the bottom already has.
The top part (that had the leaves) will not live but the bottom part will sort itself out.
The corm is the only part you really need.
Basjoos are pretty resilient .

I had a violent storm go through yesterday and a few of mine had to be cut down because they bent in half. My plants will work through it in about a month.
They will look good just a few feet shorter.
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Default Re: Broken Basjoo, will it survive?

thought that but there were no roots whatsoever, just the bare end where it broke off. It's grown not one but four new leaves since it's been in the pot so it must be fairly happy and drawing enough water. All I can do is keep fingers crossed and make sure I winter it well.
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