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Old 04-28-2018, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Can I move a Musa Basjoo root ball?

I have 3 Musa Basjoo plants I've had in the ground since 2016. They really got big last year and grew to like almost 5-6 feet of stalk with giant 4-5 ft leaves - really amazing.. I had the vision that they could line the deck and give some privacy while adding a tropical flare to the backyard during the Summer. Anyways, I have two that are kinda crowding eachother.. I don't mind but I was curious if one of them could be dug out of the ground and placed in a whole in another location if the root ball will survive.. I've never attemped to dig out the root ball before so I really don't know how this process is done. Do I just take a shovel and cut around the root ball now as the shoots are starting to push out new green growth from the brown mushy stalks that overwintered? Thanks if your read this and appreciate any tips or advice!
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Default Re: Can I move a Musa Basjoo root ball?

Yes. Many friends took mine to their house and all did well.
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I have 3 Musa Basjoo plants I've had in the ground since 2016. They really got big last year and grew to like almost 5-6 feet of stalk with giant 4-5 ft leaves - really amazing.. I had the vision that they could line the deck and give some privacy while adding a tropical flare to the backyard during the Summer. Anyways, I have two that are kinda crowding eachother.. I don't mind but I was curious if one of them could be dug out of the ground and placed in a whole in another location if the root ball will survive.. I've never attemped to dig out the root ball before so I really don't know how this process is done. Do I just take a shovel and cut around the root ball now as the shoots are starting to push out new green growth from the brown mushy stalks that overwintered? Thanks if your read this and appreciate any tips or advice!
I try to split and move my plants in the spring to give them a chance to establish.
Youtube offers some good videos on technique and how to's to split your bananas.

Pick and choose what works best for you.

Good Luck.
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I try to split and move my plants in the spring to give them a chance to establish.
Youtube offers some good videos on technique and how to's to split your bananas.

Pick and choose what works best for you.

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Thank you! So when you say 'split' do you mean like taking a shovel and cutting a pup away from the mother plant with part of the root ball and then digging it in the ground some place else and just waiting to see if it lives? Mine are starting to send out little shoots from the ground so I figure this would be the right time to split the corm, right?
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Yes. Many friends took mine to their house and all did well.
Sounds good! So they just cut them off from the base and stuck them in the ground and that was it? Or was there any kind of special instructions to follow?
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