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Old 09-19-2006, 02:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How big do musas need to be for the under the house method?

Or in the roof, as I intend. My smallest plants to be overwintered are Musa Ice Cream with, perhaps, 25-30cm of pseudostem in 2ltr pots. Is that just too small to lie in the cool and dark for months?

I'd stick them on a window sill but so much space there is already accounted for.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2006, 04:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How big do musas need to be for the under the house method?

Paul, it depends on the size of the corm, and what variety it is. I haven't had great luck with Ice Cream so far. The large pseudostem I stored under my house last winter was kind of mushy in the Spring. It did shoot back fairly quickly, and has grown like gangbusters this summer. I have stored orinoco pups with only a foot - 2 feet of pseudostem with some success, but orinoco seems to be the exception. Out of five musa itinerans stored with about 2 feet of pseudostem, one survived. Two large ones, with about 4 feet of p-stem did just fine. With only 25-30 cm of p-stem (about 10 inches), I wouldn't attempt it. All bananas will dessicate to some degree stored cool and dry, some more than others. Are your plants tissue culture plants or suckers from another plant? TC plants won't make it at all at that size, I can almost guarantee it. There needs to be a decent-sized corm for it to work. I'd leave them inside if I was you. Or you could try it with one or two, leave the rest inside, and let us know how it worked!
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Default Re: How big do musas need to be for the under the house method?

Do you think it would work with a 6 foot sikkimensis, or would this species try to grow, also when stored cool?
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Default Re: How big do musas need to be for the under the house method?

Thanks, bigdog. Yes, they're tissue culture plants and I won't risk it. I was always unsure, to say the least.

I have got a 5ft - 6ft manzano also. Do you think this is a suitable candidate for a winter in the roof?
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