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Old 07-22-2012, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Heard so much about MG. I got one late last summer and potted it up. Overwintered it inside. My problem is, I put it out potted in May and it has been as slow as molasses. It is healthy but oh so slow. I have been growing basjoo and ensete maurelii for years. Two 3inch Maureliis I potted up at the same time are now dwarfing the Mekong Giant. Pot is largee enough and soil was changed in spring.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Heard so much about MG. I got one late last summer and potted it up. Overwintered it inside. My problem is, I put it out potted in May and it has been as slow as molasses. It is healthy but oh so slow. I have been growing basjoo and ensete maurelii for years. Two 3inch Maureliis I potted up at the same time are now dwarfing the Mekong Giant. Pot is largee enough and soil was changed in spring.
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Tony, was that an answer or a question, LOL.
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I like the 'schmoo'.
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I got one of of Sandy late spring and it was only 8-12 inches tall but just a few months later it's almost as tall as me...I think they like part sun and not full sun maybe that's your problem. I read somewhere they like shade with filtered sun...if I get some pups I'll try it out. Good luck on yours!
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They don't seem to like quite as much water as a basjoo either.
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Default Re: mekong giant, what's wrong?

Mekong Midget. I planted one last spring. It has grown about 4 inches. Of course with the drought and extreme heat this year, I've done well to keep it alive. I guess I didn't know where to plant it. I put it in an open area. Fortunately a bunch of castor beans volunteered around it, so it has some shade. But I haven't been able to give it the water it needs. My question is whether to leave it where it is for the winter and move it in the spring or dig it up and try to winter it in the basement. It's about knee high.
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You are in zone 7 and I"m in zone 5. Around here we have to be having some pretty good growth on the bananas to make them pull through winter. But since yours already made it through one winter, I'd probably just mulch it heavily as insurance and take better care of it next year. Of course, it's not too late to start taking better care of it THIS year, either.
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Default Re: mekong giant, what's wrong?

The Mekong I got from Sandy has been growing in a partially shady spot at what seems to be a faster rate than my basjoos actually... mine are all inground though (clay with added peat & vermiculite)...
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Mine has done so,so in part shade,maybe 4' tall now but really speeding up now.
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Figured id share my picture in this thread instead of making a new thread with the same title. Sorry for hijacking your thread.

My Mekong giant's new leaves keep coming out deformed. I don't think I've over fertilized it because I give all my plants the same dose and no problems from any of them. Any idea what could be wrong?


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Figured id share my picture in this thread instead of making a new thread with the same title. Sorry for hijacking your thread.

My Mekong giant's new leaves keep coming out deformed. I don't think I've over fertilized it because I give all my plants the same dose and no problems from any of them. Any idea what could be wrong?


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No its growing that way. It's like the leaf isn't all the way developed.
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Has it not got enough water? I've had leaves like that after the plant has suffered from drought. I think it's a calcium deficiency.
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Hello, I have MG in zone 5 as well. This year they grew much slower than last. I didn't do anything different from last year. I'm blaming it on the heat. I get leaves like that as well. The leaf coming out is a common problem I have. I found that it is due to a calcium deficiency. Just add a little lawn lime next time you water and the problem will be solved.
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When they curl up, do they fry up and not unfurl to their full extent or do they just look deformed without drying up on the edges? There is a reason I am asking his. The two worst heat waves we have had here in Jersey have deformed the leaves that were unfurling at that exact time. Both weeks produced deformed and dry cracky leaves.
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I saw something similar to that during the drought earlier in the summer, but after it started raining in late July, all the new leaves looked good. My mekong giant plants are now just getting up above 6ft, and starting to make pups which are around 1ft away from the mother plant.

I expect them to grow another ft or so with the rest of the growing season. These guys might reach the 12ft mark by next year, and maybe 16ft the following year if it is as hardy as basjoo.


When I grew my Musa basjoo, they went from 5.5ft the 1st year, 11ft the 2nd year, and closing in on 14ft for this year even though I've been constantly dividing off all the pups.



I think bananas might top off at around the 20ft mark here in zone 6.
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Hey Steve... I was visiting a company called McAlpin Industries here in Rochester, and right at the corner of Hollenbeck & Rialto Street there is a house with very tall bamboo shielding the yard from view. Thought it was pretty cool. I looked it up in Google Maps, but the street view shows the bamboo still small compared to what they're at now.
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Steve is that measurement to tip of leaf or pstem?
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