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Old 07-05-2008, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought I'd break into my picture vault and find some musa basjoo pictures from a few years ago to compare their growth rate. I found a few good pictures starting with the 3" tissue cultured plants. I hope these pics will give new growers of musa basjoo inspiration. Starting with tissue culture isn't all bad.

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A couple rewards in 2007 for my hard work...




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amazing to see how they grow there, they really love the hot humid summers i see!
do you have also pictures of the ripened basjoo fruit, is that also yellow (like chiquita bananas) ?

thanks for posting those beautiful pictures
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Hi Austin! Very beautiful photos basjoo, very much! Thanks! I too dream to grow up same big, beautiful, blossoming basjoo. At me they still small. It was pleasant to observe of growth of your plants. At you it has not turned out to pollinate them to receive seeds?
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Thanks everyone so far. Arkansas has turned out to be a great place for growing all different kinds of bananas due to our long, hot, and humid summers and relatively mild winters. The plants bloomed in October and produced small immature fruits before frost. Then, it froze and the fruit never had a chance to ripen. It would have been really neat to get ripe musa basjoo bananas...maybe this year?
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Awesome pics! I have a question though specifically from the first picture. Did you plant it like that? Did it experience heat stress during the first few months?

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Awesome pics! I have a question though specifically from the first picture. Did you plant it like that? Did it experience heat stress during the first few months?

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Yeah, I planted the basjoos directly in the ground even though they were very young tissue cultured plants. I kept them well watered and fertilized all season. I recall adjusting the plants to direct sunlight for a couple weeks and then planting them right in the ground. I added a pic of the plants at the end of the first year. It appears they grew to 6 feet overall height.
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Yeah, I planted the basjoos directly in the ground even though they were very young tissue cultured plants. I kept them well watered and fertilized all season. I recall adjusting the plants to direct sunlight for a couple weeks and then planting them right in the ground. I added a pic of the plants at the end of the first year. It appears they grew to 6 feet overall height.
What fertilizer do I need to put? I haven't done any to my basjoo just watering every other day.
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I used a mixture of fertilizer. When the plants are small, I'd recommend an all purpose liquid fertilizer especially one with micronutrients. I think Peters acid loving fertilizer has micros--I've used this quite a bit. As the plants grow, I'd use a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote.
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I should try my fish hydrolysate. Thanks.
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I think that would work well. Keep us posted!
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Beautiful, but where did you move the elephant ears?
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Scot, the elephant ears went into decline after that year. I couldn't pour on the water enough to make them happy in my climate. I have since decided to grow only the upright elephant ears; they don't need as much water and look a lot better, in my opinion.

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I hope I can get my plants to look that good!!! I have tryed and every year they die back... Id be so happy if i can get them to come back...
yours look GREAT
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Nice looking plants, Austin. Isn't it funny how quickly we have to expand our beds?
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Your bananas look great, Austin!
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Can I grow Musa Basjoo in USDA Zone 5 SW Michigan?
How about anyone growing them in zone 4 or 3?
How well are they doing in the ground over winter?

I have the chance to buy some but I don't know how well they will winter over in the ground.
Would love to hear from anyone who has been growing them in zone 5.
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Well ...Im growing them in zone 2b...all summer anyway. As for the winter , they all come indoors to live with the family.
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Thanks - if I had room I would love to overwinter them inside ... but ... I already bring in brugmansias, hanging plants, store cannas and so forth inside - these things get big so I can't imagine a dozen of them inside!!!

The info from ads etc say that they are supposed to be hardy in zone 5.
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ha ha ha! this is what my den looked like last winter and thats what it will look like this winter too:
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