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Old 05-26-2008, 06:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Musa Basjoo & Musa Bordelon Question....

Musa Basjoo & Musa Bordelon Question....

Last year we had many (too many?) happy, healthy Bordelons & Basjoos. I brought several of each indoors for the winter and they have 'sprouted' and are back in the ground looking great. The main or parent trees that I kept in the ground over winter, that were heavily mulched with pine-straw, have yet to come back and show no signs of life. We live in the Charlotte NC area and didn't have a hard-freeze and I was told they'd be OK. Anyone know if they are coming back or have any ideas to help them? Please advise!

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Old 05-26-2008, 09:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Musa Basjoo & Musa Bordelon Question....

the should come back in the next 40 days.
If you don't want to wait you can dig the corm out to look of it is alive
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They should come back. The Basjoo's that is. The Bordelon's might depending on your zone. Basjoo's are as tough as nails. I had 2 that only got 2' tall, chopped em to the ground, put a light coat of mulch over them, and they came back. They were slow about it and both have 2 3" pups. If they croaked it was more than likely rot not temperature. Cage method is the way to go. My caged one's are already 6'.-Nate
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They should come back. The Basjoo's that is. The Bordelon's might depending on your zone. Basjoo's are as tough as nails. I had 2 that only got 2' tall, chopped em to the ground, put a light coat of mulch over them, and they came back. They were slow about it and both have 2 3" pups. If they croaked it was more than likely rot not temperature. Cage method is the way to go. My caged one's are already 6'.-Nate
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8-10F. Best of my recollection.
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Default Re: Musa Basjoo & Musa Bordelon Question....

Only concern I have is that living in Charlotte, you should have already had the basjoos to return... What kind of soil were they planted in? The first thing that came to mind is that the soil you planted them in was not amended to aid in drainage. If they sat all winter in red clay like alot of Charlotte soil is, like mine here in SE TN, they may have rotted. I, personally, would dig them up and see if they are still alive. The bordelon probably will not come back for you if the basjoos did not. I am trying my luck this winter with bordelon and HEAVY mulch, but I am not holding out much hope for them... Best of luck and make sure you amend your soil to help with drainage, if you haven't already...
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