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Old 12-05-2012, 11:59 AM   #41 (permalink)
 
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I purchased 2 Mekong Giants this past spring from Plants Delights. They were very healthy when I received them and planted them. I planted them in the same area as my Musa Basjoo, which grow like weeds (20 feet tall this year). The Mekong Giant's put out about 4 leaves the entire summer and never reached over 2 feet tall. They still looked very healthy but they just grew VERY slow. I kept them fertilized and watered but they just wouldn't grow like my Basjoos. I will see if they take off next spring.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:27 PM   #42 (permalink)
 
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it seems the TC plants do take a little while to get going. once they get to about 2 feet they take off like a rocket. some of my small TC's are still that..small but once they hit that 2 ft mark there monsters.
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Default Re: mekong giant, what's wrong?

I think it could just be a puny tc plant. Sometimes you get one that languishes for a long time before it ever does anything. Remember, they basically have no corm when they are tissue cultured.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:42 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Looking forward to next year with mine-did o.k. in it's first year,in spite of the drought...
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:53 PM   #45 (permalink)
 
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I bought one, planted it in the shade, and it grew maybe 4 inches (one leaf). The drought didn't help at all :P I dug it up and brought it inside for the winter. It has doubled in size, so it's probably a foot and a half tall now, but really scrawny looking. I will plant it in a sunnier area this year and pray for rain this summer.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:45 AM   #46 (permalink)
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I've found that mekongs just grow really slow when they're little. Once they get to be a couple of feet, they seem much better. I struggled with my tc's I got in this last year, they got spider mites really bad in late spring, and I had trouble with them not wanting to grow. They like a lot less water then basjoo when they are small. And less fertilizer. I think that's why they grow slow when they're little.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:57 PM   #47 (permalink)
 
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It handles the heat fine here. It throws down some mean roots. Those running pix are accurate.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:41 AM   #48 (permalink)
 
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I put mulch and a plastic barrel over mine for the winter. It died down to the ground under the mulch. It was only a little above knee high by the end of the summer last year, so I'll be mildly surprised to see it come back.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:02 PM   #49 (permalink)
 
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My Mekong Giant is coming back out this spring. I bought it and planted it last spring and it didn't seem to grow much last summer, only 2 feet max. Hopefully it will take off this summer, I will have to wait and see. I will let you know how it does.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:21 AM   #50 (permalink)
 
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Well...I'm mildly surprised. It's about ankle high.
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My Mekong Giants are coming back but growing slow like they did last year. My Basjoo are already about 7 feet tall and the Mekong Giants are about 8 inches. This is year 2 of having them and if they don't take off this year then I will just give up on them.
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