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Old 03-20-2014, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Some of you may have seen my photos of basjoo and orinioco, I am wanting to plant them in the ground soon but when should I do this and also how deep? I'm hoping they will get big enough by fall that I have some pups and also be able to keep them planted for the winter , they are currently in my bathroom with a skylight heater and humidifier
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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as small as your plants are I would wait till it stays above 40F @ night.. before planting.. Orinoco should go on S. side where winter winds can be blocked in a raised bed w/ lots of mulch...

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as small as your plants are I would wait till it stays above 40F @ night.. before planting.. Orinoco should go on S. side where winter winds can be blocked in a raised bed w/ lots of mulch...

thanks, that is how i have done here.the plants seem to like it. thanks don
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Aww ok thank ya ugh though my house is faving north south is my backyard lol but oh well deffinetly want it to live ) and thank you again !!!
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Come winter you may need to heat-tape and wrap the orinoco up there..
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as small as your plants are I would wait till it stays above 40F @ night.. before planting.. Orinoco should go on S. side where winter winds can be blocked in a raised bed w/ lots of mulch...

This is the best drawing I've seen for planting in a mound. Many areas south of me in FL have to do this for mango and other tropical trees. Flood prone areas can grow stuff without damage as long as this method is followed. And sand in the mix is required for structure in zones 9 thru 10 in wet areas.
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Well Im not sure if I will have to do a mound I live on the tallest point in my town actually we own about 3 acreas and its all on a very big hill that runs off in gullies so im actually sitting on a pieace of land that is already shaped just like the photo ha ha I'm in the country if anyone thing I would deffinetly have to water at leasr everyday or everyother day because our land has great drainage it was an old farm field where they raised corn and veggiies so the kept it maintained plowed and raised so that there would be no floodng or standng water for when they planted the seed!!! lol but my biggest thing is do yawl think they will be big enough by fall to get some pups??? Just incase they don't make it I don't want them to die but I fear they will be huge by fall to big to bring in ( thank you again !!!
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I would think if the plants are in good health, they should have a pup large enough to separate by fall for sure. If they don't grow, you can always dig them up for security if they aren't very big. One thing to remember is plants always look way bigger when in pots! When in ground they may just a decent size, leafs reaching around 6 feet or so, but dig this fella up and the pot will add 18-24" which will make it reach around 8' tall. With most ceilings being around this high, it won't leave much room for the new cigar leaves to come out for very long. If it is too big to bring in, and doesn't have any pups (unlikely), you can always dig it up and chop off the top to bring it in. There is always a way! Your plants are still very small so I would do as Migael said and wait until it stays above 40F at night to plant and in the mean time get some planting spots ready to go.
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Ya I'm deffinetly going to give it a few more weeks before putting them outside for good and thanks for your info I'm sooo excited yay !!!!
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Personally, I would let them get a bit bigger first. Maybe you can transplant them to bigger pots, harden them off outside, and let them grow a bit before planting them out?
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That really is the only way for the small plants you have....to grow them out.
The bigger they are the better chance of your plants survival in the winter after you plant them in the ground .
Pot them up ...put them out side.....grow them to a much bigger size, bring them in for the winter then put them in the ground next spring.
This is what I would do, however you might find another method that works just as well.
The ground is not always the best pace to be for a very young new plant.
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I have always had way better results with banana in ground.Make sure no frost in forecast. You can always cover with bucket or poly.
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That really is the only way for the small plants you have....to grow them out
Pot up ....then out side......maybe next year..... Best bet....
The ground is not always the best pace to be for a new plant, But only you know .

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I waited till the end of april last year, I HAD pupps slightly larger than your plants, the biggest one at the end of summer was well over 10 feet tall. I would wait anther week or two. Leave them in their pots till you figure out where they are t he happiest. Mine seem to do best 6-8 feet away from the house so they can get a break from the sun. Good luck.
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