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Old 12-30-2014, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there-

I just ordered two specimens of Musa basjoo, and I have a couple of quick questions.

It's still winter here. When should I put them in the ground? Should they be potted in the meantime? If I find a donor of a clump that's died back for the winter, how can I get some and can they go directly into the ground?

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Hi Snarkie,

I'm up in Raleigh, so similar conditions.
You don't want to put live plants outside this time of year, you'll need to pot them up and wait till spring.
What did you buy? I got mine as 4" tall plants off ebay
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Pot em up and give em as much light as you can to try to keep them going through spring. They need to get established next summer before they'll be able to tolerate the winter but after that they do very well

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Hi there-

I just ordered two specimens of Musa basjoo, and I have a couple of quick questions.

It's still winter here. When should I put them in the ground? Should they be potted in the meantime? If I find a donor of a clump that's died back for the winter, how can I get some and can they go directly into the ground?

Any and all info appreciated.
Donor clumps can go from their yard to you yard no problem this time of year.

All plants while they are dormant can be the best time to transplant them....there is generally NO shock.
I transplant /divide many ferns and hosta in the cool winter months.

But... get as many VIABLE roots as you can and the biggest root ball possible for a better result.
Hold your new plants inside for the winter and grow them out as much as you can.
Plant them out in the spring after last frost date....

Then try this.....Hibernating a basjoo,
And read all the posts for next years endeavors.
Great choice on the basjoo.....great foliage and a long lived performer..
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Thank you both, for your replies. I am new to bananas and will take any advice I can get!

I bought two basjoos from FL that are on the way, but I also know of many yards with huge clumps of them as well. This was why I asked about transplanting them. A little door knocking can't hurt, right?

it's really weird asking for advice, as I'm used to giving it on dawn redwoods, so now I know how it feels!!!
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Funny you bring up door knocking. I have wanted to get a Musa Boderlon but never find them around here just Rojo which I have. Me and the Fam were driving through a neighborhood in October an saw a large mat in someone's yard. Figured what the heck. Knocked on the door an explained I saw there banana plants. Told the man I had 25 types. Could I have a small pup an would trade one of mine. Said his wife does the plants and she had no interest in talking too me. I gave him my info and he said he saw no problem sharing the wealth and would talk to her. Never heard anything.
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Looks like his wife wore the gardening gloves in that household, LOL!

I do a lot of trading, but of unrelated plants. Maybe that's the key. I'm working on a barter with a local nursery right now for all the palms I need for my front yard. He likes exotic things and I have a couple different species of just that. Between the two of us, we'll both get what we want and everyone comes out a winner.

My approach is to knock on the door with a couple pots of Flying Dragon in the car; offer to trade a couple of burglar-resistant plants for a few corms.
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Hey from High Point, and good luck... Did the specimens ship this late in the season? Tissue cultures???
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Some people aren't friendly or think advent plant people are strange and it's just a plant.
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Hey from High Point, and good luck... Did the specimens ship this late in the season? Tissue cultures???
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Yes, they shipped via Priority Mail on Tuesday and got here yesterday, despite New News. IDK if they are tissue cultures or not, but they look great! I can't wait to get them in the ground. I'll have to settle for potting them for now though

They're nice and bright green and came with plant food sticks in the package as well. Will they begin dividing the first year, or do they need a season first? Will the fact that I am potting them at two feet and getting this extra growing time help?
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... or think advent plant people are strange ...
Yeah, a lot of people thought I was strange when I started the only wild dawn redwood forest outside of China too, but now it's the only project of its kind in the world and people have stopped referring to me as a "wingnut" on discussion boards, LOL!
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Sounds cool I'm quite an oddball too, I stand out everywhere. Just wanted to say:careful not to give too much aqua... Wet feet can quickly kill down naners in less than tropical climates. Check my grow log, shows my eager first year attempt? Basjoo is the best starter IMO.
60° being the lowest I'd guess you'd have a good chance? How big did they come? Less than 12" I'd think probably tissue culture?
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Stems are 14". With leaves they're around 30." I got them on sale for $10.95 each, plus shipping from Greenearth Co. in Melbourne, FL. I'm thinking maybe they were getting too big and they wanted to unload them? I wish I could have afforded more.
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Okay, here they are, I hope. I've never posted on a forum where you couldn't upload directly, so let's see if I can figure this out...

Nah, I can't figure this out. I have it in my gallery but I can't see any way to access it or add it to the post, sorry.
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Thanks. I'll see if I remember that the next time I need to do it, LOL.

I would have liked to have gotten more for that price, as the shipping was the same for up to several of them. At least this gets me started!

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Nice looking plants
I bet they were a welcome sight to have show up this time of year
just give em all the light you can and a sip of water every now and then
you're kinda putting them in a holding pattern till spring
got any pics of your redwoods, they sound interesting
I have 2 acres of woods, might need to start something "unusual"

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I have 2 acres of woods, might need to start something "unusual"

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Crescent Ridge Dawn Redwoods Preserve - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Info on the project itself can be found at Home The gallery has lots of cool pics of mature trees.
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Both of them have new leaves coming out to the tune of at least 1/2" a day. Should I try and grow them over the winter (as opposed to simply hibernating them), as I have them in a heated location with lots of glass? It's a back porch that I glassed in and added a heat/AC duct into. It won't be toasty, but it won't get below 60 either. I don't have a location in the house to actually bring them totally inside.
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