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Old 07-16-2008, 07:21 PM   #41 (permalink)
 
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Here is an update folks.



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Old 07-16-2008, 07:28 PM   #42 (permalink)
 
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and also folks, is it fine that I planted hostas and irises where the bananas are? Did I ruin my plans that I really wanted to have a tropical garden on that area? I planted them all yesterday. Here is the latest pic.

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Old 07-16-2008, 10:11 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Hey, Neil. The basjoo is coming out of it nicely and will really start looking a lot better soon. The new leaf looks nice and healthy. The hostas are fine where you planted them for a year or two. Then, the bananas will overtake them with their pups. The hostas won't hurt the banana where they are planted, but just be prepared to move them in a couple years.
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Hey, Neil. The basjoo is coming out of it nicely and will really start looking a lot better soon. The new leaf looks nice and healthy. The hostas are fine where you planted them for a year or two. Then, the bananas will overtake them with their pups. The hostas won't hurt the banana where they are planted, but just be prepared to move them in a couple years.
Hi Austin,

Honestly, I don't know what a pup is. A picture will help me a lot. Do you have a pic of a pup?

Also, so even with the hostas, am I able to maintain the tropical look?

Thanks!
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I'm not Austin, but here is a picture of some pups.

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The large stem, in the center, is the mother plant.
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Ah, so any new stem around mother stem is called a pup.

Thank you so much! That helps a lot!
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:14 PM   #47 (permalink)
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A pup is a smaller plant coming from the main plant and is attached from the corm. The picture John posted shows this clearly. Check out elephant ears and gingers for more tropical looking plants.
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WOOHOO, I see a new leaf coming out from my other healthy basjoo!
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Here is an update. I took the picture few minutes ago. New picture is at the bottom. I'm seeing another leaf coming again.





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When my banana gets old,

When your banana gets old, it could droop a little...


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can I use the basjoo leaves for wrapping food that we want to bake/cook, etc? It's because, I read that we cannot eat the fruit of basjoos. So I was thinking that the leaves cannot be used as well. Thanks guys for the explanation of the red line.

All joking aside, I don't think it matters if the plant produces edible (seedless) fruit for you to utilize the leaves in cooking. I used a leaf offa my Ice Cream to wrap a pork shoulder roast in and crock potted it. It was awesome! It did leave clorophyll on the meat, though. You'll have to explain that the green meat is ok to eat! The little plant looks like it will bounce right back. You could put something in front of it to block the wind.
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