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Old 05-16-2014, 06:45 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Hi Brady,
while you are looking for that video, here is a story on the other end of the spectrum:
The post WWII years in East Germany were pretty lean. Spring 1946, the first after the
war, was bad, but not as bad as 1947 and 8. In one of those years we had the choice
of eating our seed potatoes or nothing.

My ever resourceful dad hit on a solution: We peeled thick peels off the potatoes, set
those aside in a large tray in the bathroom (for moisture) and ate the “innerts”. Sure
enough, the peels sprouted nicely and we placed them very carefully into the prepared
furrows, when the time came. (By that time we had stinging nettles and other greens the
English name of which I do not know to pick and make soup from).

That fall we had the best potato harvest ever. - Go figure!

Now, if anybody has a surplus corm, peel off all the skin in thick slices, plant some of the
slices as well the skinless core. And when the results are known, then Brady and I can
have a beer together, regardless of the outcome. -- Well a bit far to travel for a beer,
but we will just do it virtually.

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Cue Keith.....

That's a good story olaf but we're talking about different plants here. I may be wrong but we'll see when I find that video when I get home
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I thought, that I took care of that different species thing, by suggesting that experiment
in the last paragraph. Now we just have to find somebody with an extra corm and some joy
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Here's a decent video showing the process. They remove all the roots and skin to prevent disease prevention. Check out the whole video but check around 17:40 for this process.

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Hi Brady,

I have to concede, that this video is very convincing and that I am very amazed by the
fact, that a corm, stripped of all skin and eyes is still producing roots and shoots.

At first when watching the video without sound on, I thought, that they were stripping
everything on the sides to prevent the emergence of pups, which would compete with
the main stem. However, when viewing it again, I learned, that the were also planting
the corms upside-down, thus negating my earlier perception.

As my sig. indicates, I am here to learn and I have certainly learned, that the mere inside
flesh of a corm is still viable, though the "soup" that they dip the corms in may be
essential to keep them sound without the protection of the skin.

Thanks for taking the trouble of digging out that video.
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Hi Brady,

I have to concede, that this video is very convincing and that I am very amazed by the
fact, that a corm, stripped of all skin and eyes is still producing roots and shoots.

At first when watching the video without sound on, I thought, that they were stripping
everything on the sides to prevent the emergence of pups, which would compete with
the main stem. However, when viewing it again, I learned, that the were also planting
the corms upside-down, thus negating my earlier perception.

As my sig. indicates, I am here to learn and I have certainly learned, that the mere inside
flesh of a corm is still viable, though the "soup" that they dip the corms in may be
essential to keep them sound without the protection of the skin.

Thanks for taking the trouble of digging out that video.
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Don't know if I want to mix up a batch of poop to dip my corms in.... I'll just see how things go. :-)
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My three corms have been in pots for 2-3 weeks with no sign of life at this point. I haven't dug them up to check either though. I water about 1 time per week to keep the soil from being totally dried out.
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It looks like I have lost 5 musa basjoos from a bad winter. It was minus 13*F for several days. They were mulched with 2 ft cyprus mulch in big tomato cages. I have had them for 5 or 6 yrs never lost them.
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pulled one of my corms that i shaved down out of it's pot to see if there was anything happening with it and it's rotted almost completely through. 2 left to see if anything will happen. I think with the basjoos i have left, they will be coming in this winter as well in hopes to keep them growing. Then next year they will go DEEP in the ground and see how things go.
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