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Old 08-27-2013, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default M. basjoo - should I risk transplanting in fall?

I've planned a new banana grove, anchored by basjoo, which I had planned to transplant in the spring. I'm z6a Massachusetts.
Should I transplant this fall or would spring be better? Thanks.
For o/w I straw mulch, plastic, more straw mulch.
April 30 last of mulch removed, August 17.
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Default Re: M. basjoo - should I risk transplanting in fall?

Personally I would wait till spring so the basjoos have a 6 months to grow. This might mean that they are more likely to survive the winter.
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Default Re: M. basjoo - should I risk transplanting in fall?

Hi Eclaine,

I am also in HZ6, therefore I can relate and I agree with Robert.

Bananas sometimes (though very seldom) take up to two months to get over the transplanting shock.
Even if yours take a lot less, they would not have much of time to establish themselves. Also it will
be a lot less of a problem to shelter them during the winter, if they are all bunched together. I am
writing all that assuming, that you are planning to winter them outside. In that case you might
want to look into this thread: Permanent banana shelter for winter and spring

If you have the appropriate space by a window, you might consider to slice one or two off to keep
growing inside. Having said that, I have experienced little advantage, doing that, due to repeated
change of the environment negating much of the advantage of extended growth time.

What puzzles me is how your basjoos ended up in this stage of development in this time of the year.
Mine have a 5 feet PS and an overall height of 9 feet? Next year they will be bigger by this time,
because I will use the above shelter. I am counting on preserving at least 30 inches of sound
Pseudo stem

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Hi Eclaine,

I am also in HZ6, therefore I can relate and I agree with Robert.

Bananas sometimes (though very seldom) take up to two months to get over the transplanting shock.
Even if yours take a lot less, they would not have much of time to establish themselves. Also it will
be a lot less of a problem to shelter them during the winter, if they are all bunched together. I am
writing all that assuming, that you are planning to winter them outside. In that case you might
want to look into this thread: Permanent banana shelter for winter and spring

If you have the appropriate space by a window, you might consider to slice one or two off to keep
growing inside. Having said that, I have experienced little advantage, doing that, due to repeated
change of the environment negating much of the advantage of extended growth time.

What puzzles me is how your basjoos ended up in this stage of development in this time of the year.
Mine have a 5 feet PS and an overall height of 9 feet? Next year they will be bigger by this time,
because I will use the above shelter. I am counting on preserving at least 30 inches of sound
Pseudo stem

Good Luck,
Olaf



I think you need to look at the second pic
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I think you need to look at the second pic
If that is the same pad, it still does not explain, how they got to that state.
Why chop them off in this time of the year?
With that many advanced plants there were surely enough pups to harvest
Thus propagation appears to be a weak argument
And note: Last mulch removed August 17?





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Default Re: M. basjoo - should I risk transplanting in fall?

Thanks for all the advice. It sounds like spring will be the best and easiest time to move the plants. I was wondering just how long they take to get settled in.

To clarify a bit, the first image was taken April 30 immediately after removing the last of the winter mulch. The second photo is how the clump looked on August 17 with several pups having been transplanted or given as gifts.
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