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Old 03-18-2017, 08:34 PM   #501 (permalink)
 
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Hi Tytaylor..the sweethert sounds amazing! I think I need to add one more to the list. many of my smaller ones im giving away to neighbers and friends...I didnt want to overwinter that many..just couldnt let them go as they were all healthy pups. Now that I have my favs..Ill prob focus on those. I will check out that sweetheart nana.
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Today is March 18, all plants seem to have done well over winter. Goung to be 70s and 80s this week..so plants all get to stay outside and catch some rays. One more month out of the house for good



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Here in Northern California, zone 9, I've had minimal luck with storing p-stems in a garage. They seem to do much better outside covered in greenhouse plastic, where the frost won't get them and neither will the rains.

The "storing your corms in a root cellar" method seems more appropriate for climates where it gets freezing cold in the winter, yet you start getting some relatively warm days in Febuary and March (Florida, GA, MS, AL, etc are good examples).


Here's a Pisang Ceylon kept under greenhouse plastic-the pastic was blown off a few times from the make-shift shelter. The leaves stayed on, and I watered twice I think the whole time from late November thru early March. All plants remained potted. It's now in full sun and is doing well. When kept in the basement it sets the plants back by about a month, but with this method, they start growing right away as soon as it's warm enough:



I had a dwarf brazilian last year that was purchased around September and it had maybe 4-5 leaves by the time I had to place it in the basement. All the leaves were chopped off, and the corm eventually rotted.

Last year, I acquired a corm of Pisang raja with the same exact circumstance:it was started very late in the season and only had enough time to produce 3-4 leaves before the cold set it. This time, I kept it under greenhouse plastic in a makeshift shelter in full sun. Leaves were kept on. I had to water it maybe 8 or 9 times since this shelter was in full sun, but the plant didn't skip a heart beat, here it is now:



Lastly, here's dwarf Orinoco: it's pretty much bullet proof and would have probably survived the garage torture chamber, but it preferred the makeshift shelter:
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I received this wagon as a Xmas present, and just assembled today..Huge help to say the least! The wagon has a 400lb limit, and the sides come off by removing a pin. Wish I had this last year....as many can confirm, these plants and containers..and soil get heavy. Highly recommend a tool for those of us that do most of the work solo.



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I received this wagon as a Xmas present, and just assembled today..Huge help to say the least! The wagon has a 400lb limit, and the sides come off by removing a pin. Wish I had this last year....as many can confirm, these plants and containers..and soil get heavy. Highly recommend a tool for those of us that do most of the work solo.



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Your plants look great....
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Thank you cincinnana! This time of year is a bonus to have these in containers, due to the strong winds we get this time of year. 40mph gusts today so I move along whichever fence line protects them from directional winds on a daily basia, this seems to help alot with helping get off to a strong start
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I just pulled my P-stem out of storage in the basement, put it in a pot, and watered it. Now it's in a sunny spot, inside the house. I figured I'd get it growing now since it can go in the ground in about a month. Now I wait... and see if the thing comes back to life.
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I think this thing is dead. A week of watering and nothing.
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I think this thing is dead. A week of watering and nothing.
How much water are you giving it - I don't bring mine in for winter - they either survive outside or they don't - so I can't advise - maybe someone will respond
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How much water are you giving it - I don't bring mine in for winter - they either survive outside or they don't - so I can't advise - maybe someone will respond
Just keeping it moist. It was solid when I pulled it out of hibernation, but seems to be "peeling off" now, and nothing remotely green coming out of the top.

I tried overwintering outside last year and lost the p-stem, but it came back from the ground.

I think another problem is my horrible clay soil. If I have to buy a new one, I will. But I'm going to dig the hole much bigger and put in potting soil to see if I can get more growth this year.
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A fully dormant stored banana corm can take upto a month or more. It has to build roots back then push. Just give it more time. Also I wouldn't water more than once every 2 weeks indoors until it pushes. The top will feel dry but corm level it will be a lot wetter. Keep us updated.
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A fully dormant stored banana corm can take upto a month or more. It has to build roots back then push. Just give it more time. Also I wouldn't water more than once every 2 weeks indoors until it pushes. The top will feel dry but corm level it will be a lot wetter. Keep us updated.
Thanks! I won't toss it just yet!
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I checked it last evening and can see/feel an entire new stem growing up the center... probably over 2' of new growth growing with the old P-stem. So it's working

Interesting how fast it starts growing back up. Once it starts sprouting a leaf, should I move it out to my porch, still in the pot, to acclimate it to sun and outdoors before putting it back in the ground?
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Hi everyone, I have to dry-store my 8'-10' bananas (pstem) at a 45 degree angle due to floor space in my basement this coming winter. Anyone ever do this? If so, what materials and method have you seen or used. I can't find anything online. Thanks!
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I checked it last evening and can see/feel an entire new stem growing up the center... probably over 2' of new growth growing with the old P-stem. So it's working

Interesting how fast it starts growing back up. Once it starts sprouting a leaf, should I move it out to my porch, still in the pot, to acclimate it to sun and outdoors before putting it back in the ground?

Well, I'm already done for the year. The one from last year was up to probably 6' tall, and I bought a new one ($50) that was probably 7'tall. Then all my elphant ears, I started the bulbs back in April indoors and they were getting huge. But a couple weeks ago, everything died. PLUS all my annuals. First, the elephant ears started drooping (even though they were watered) and just went flat. Then the flowers started shriveling, and finally, the bananas just started leaning and crashed to the ground after a week. Apparently, someone didn't like my landscaping and decided to kill it all (flowering shrubs and hedges are fine, as is the lawn). I did notice a weed killer type smell for a few days, so I suspect someone sprayed all these plants with something like Weed-Be-Gone. But I guess they got their way. My landscaping is no longer eye-catching or special.

I have no clue who would do this or why. I live in a nice neighborhood (all the houses are from a half million to over a million dollars) and have no enemies. At this point, I figure whatever was sprayed is still in the ground, so I can't replant anything. I give up. Will install a security camera for next year.
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Well, I'm already done for the year. The one from last year was up to probably 6' tall, and I bought a new one ($50) that was probably 7'tall. Then all my elphant ears, I started the bulbs back in April indoors and they were getting huge. But a couple weeks ago, everything died. PLUS all my annuals. First, the elephant ears started drooping (even though they were watered) and just went flat. Then the flowers started shriveling, and finally, the bananas just started leaning and crashed to the ground after a week. Apparently, someone didn't like my landscaping and decided to kill it all (flowering shrubs and hedges are fine, as is the lawn). I did notice a weed killer type smell for a few days, so I suspect someone sprayed all these plants with something like Weed-Be-Gone. But I guess they got their way. My landscaping is no longer eye-catching or special.

I have no clue who would do this or why. I live in a nice neighborhood (all the houses are from a half million to over a million dollars) and have no enemies. At this point, I figure whatever was sprayed is still in the ground, so I can't replant anything. I give up. Will install a security camera for next year.


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Take pictures of the damage and make note of the dates when the plants first started showing a problem. ... Has there been any utility crews working in the area? Anyway if you can find who did this, you might be able to recover some of the cost of damage.
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Hi everyone, I have to dry-store my 8'-10' bananas (pstem) at a 45 degree angle due to floor space in my basement this coming winter. Anyone ever do this? If so, what materials and method have you seen or used. I can't find anything online. Thanks!
I store mine that way every winter, usually bare root.Lean them over on whatever works, sawhorse, box, excreta, use a little padding under the pstem.
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WOW that is crazy! Makes me so happy I live out of town! Jealousy over you beautiful landscaping I'm sure! Very sad! If you need material PM me! I may have a couple basjoo pups and for sure have some Orinocos. I'll send some for free just pay shipping if you need replacements. Just let me know. Good luck. I hope you figure out what happened.
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I store mine that way every winter, usually bare root.Lean them over on whatever works, sawhorse, box, excreta, use a little padding under the pstem.
Thanks for the Reply, Mike (Iowa)!

What would you recommend for the padding? I want to pick something that won't capture moisture close to the Pstem etc. Should I use cardboard, pool noodle, or maybe a towel?
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