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Old 05-25-2007, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Musa velutina didn't return, but look at this corm

I dug this up last week, because my Musa velutina did not return and I wanted to check the status of the corm. Here's what the top looks like:



Looks kind of dead from that picture, but there weren't any rotten corms. I turned it over and found very healthy, living rhizomes, but zero lateral buds forming.




I wonder if I should just stick it in the ground way in the backyard somewhere and see if it grows. Regardless, I am trying again with another 3 or 4 plants. Other people all around me in TN have had success with M. velutina...except me. Not once have I brought one through the winter alive (well...this one is alive, but it isn't growing.).

Anyone have any ideas what the deal is with this corm, and why it isn't growing?? Thanks,

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Old 05-25-2007, 08:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Musa velutina didn't return, but look at this corm

I should take a pic and post it
but what I do with those Velutina dried out corms when I get them is use them to plant other things, like wrap orchids then put them in the wooden hanging baskets.

They feel like coconut husks, real loose fiber that's easily pliable, and it stays in place for the most part.

It looks like some of them may have died and dried up already like what I'm talking about above, but some of them look great. Plant it back in the ground, backfill it really good with the hose, mulch, sand, dirt, fingers, whatever else you use.

Not a bad mat, too, btw.
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Default Re: Musa velutina didn't return, but look at this corm

What i would do is find any piece of the corm that may be alive or viable. And cut it off or out and stick it in a pot under the sun. Keep the soil moist and prey.The warm sun may help get those cells going to generate a pup. Ive done this method before and have had success.
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Hi,

also try with phytohormones, e.g. auxine. E. g. with "Superthrive". This might help the corm to root and pup again.

I also tested auxine at my basjoos, they puped like crazy, so that I propagated them.

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Hi,

also try with phytohormones, e.g. auxine. E. g. with "Superthrive". This might help the corm to root and pup again.

I also tested auxine at my basjoos, they puped like crazy, so that I propagated them.

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OK where do i buy these ? Tammy
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Hi,

you can get Superthrive under http://www.superthrive.com

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Default Re: Musa velutina didn't return, but look at this corm

There was a bunch of live roots when I dug it. I'm just going to find a spot way in the backyard to stick it in the ground. I have many more pots of Musa velutina, so no need to agonize over this mat (although it was getting some size to it). I just thought it was weird that there weren't any buds formed on it by this time of year. It appears as if the buds had rotted off. Oh well...maybe next year!

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Hey BigDog,
If you ever want a nice clump of mine, come down and I will dig you up a clump... Only thing is,,, You have to come to my place this year to get it... I would be more than happy to give you some and show you all the great stuff I got from you last summer.... COME ON DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Randy, I may have to take you up on that offer! Your mat of M. velutina is very nice. And then there's the pool...yep, may have to get down there very soon! Thanks,

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