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Old 07-28-2013, 06:37 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Well just a quick update, the brazilians are growing well considering what a cool summer we've had. None are taller than 3 foot, not like last year when I started with established plants from the greenhouse. I'm still debating on trying to split them or just dig the whole plant and bring inside complete for the winter. I think it would be easier to justify splitting plants that I don't have growth coming from the original corm. This summer has been terrible for growing bananas and cannas, my cannas are hitting three feet and putting up blooms already, this is not normal for what I've seen at all, normally they get to 6-8 feet tall. I have a feeling my bananas are stunted as well because of this, which is somewhat depressing since I was looking forward to doing a huge banana garden.

One question I have in anticipation of fall... I have ten musa basjoo that at most are 1-2 foot total overall height, not alot of growth like everything else. What are the chances that they will make it through a Michigan winter if I simply cut them down and pull a bunch of mulch over them? Or should I look at digging them up and bringing inside? This is my first year of getting a basjoo in the ground for the summer so I'm not sure what to expect for overwintering. Thoughts?
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:38 PM   #62 (permalink)
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I think, that they are still pretty small for a winter outside and by your accounts of the
weather you have this year, they will still be, when Father Frost arrives. If you have a spot
near a window, I would bring them in, even if you have to bunch them all up into one big pot.
I do not know, how attached you are to them, but you might consider leaving one or two
outside all mulched up for the winter, just to gain experience and let me in on the result,
since I also live in HZ6 and raise basjoos among a couple of others.

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Old 07-28-2013, 10:18 PM   #63 (permalink)
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I'm gonna say overwintering is not likely to be a success with that small of corms. And my basjoo from last year had about 1.5' of pseudostem and rotted/died quickly indoors. Hopefully this won't be the fate of yours, but I don't feel they do well indoors. Once you have an established mat, they grow very well, but from my experience, not the most resilient plant overall.
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