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Old 07-27-2017, 10:33 AM   #521 (permalink)
 
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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?
Something like a towel folded would work. I use a small rug, just something to pad it from a hard surface and allow a little air flow.
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Something like a towel folded would work. I use a small rug, just something to pad it from a hard surface and allow a little air flow.
Thanks, man! I've also heard to support the upper part of the pstem with a rope or cord to maybe the ceiling or something so they don't curve/bend over time. Have you ever encountered this scenario in your experience?

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Thanks, man! I've also heard to support the upper part of the pstem with a rope or cord to maybe the ceiling or something so they don't curve/bend over time. Have you ever encountered this scenario in your experience?

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That would work too, it may work easier than finding something to lean it on. Support a wide area so it don't cut into the Pstem.
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That would work too, it may work easier than finding something to lean it on. Support a wide area so it don't cut into the Pstem.
I was meaning lean it against something and secure the upper part of the pstem.
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I was meaning lean it against something and secure the upper part of the pstem.
Got it, you may have to cut some back when you wake them up in the spring anyway. Sometimes they choke, I have had to cut some back to a couple inches tall before . Some will split out the side if they get stuck.
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Got it, you may have to cut some back when you wake them up in the spring anyway. Sometimes they choke, I have had to cut some back to a couple inches tall before . Some will split out the side if they get stuck.
Some depends on how long they are dormant, I have mine in the basement 60F low light for 4-5 months.

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Old 07-28-2017, 10:11 AM   #527 (permalink)
 
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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.
No, nobody was digging in the area at all. I live on a small, corner lot wit a sidewalk, so all my landscaping is easily accessible. It's very obvious that only the tropical plants were targeted. Very strange. I don't think I can plant anything right now since whatever was put on the plants would still be in the ground.
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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.
Thank you! Well, I have a big garden center not too far away that sells Basjoos every spring that are already maybe 5' tall for $50. I'll just start over next spring. I might check this weekend and see if they have any on a good sale since it's sort of late in the season. If they had one for half price, I would buy one.

As for the elephant ears, I'm waiting to see if anything comes back out of the bulbs before tossing them. I have a LOT of them. They don't appear to be dead, but not really growing much either. Actually, there is growth around the base of the bananas just starting.
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If they used something like roundup you may be ok if the corms were good sized. I hit mine all the time on accident with roundup. It kills pups but never hurts even the smaller moms. Also a lot of herbicide is only absorbed through leaves. so hopefully the ground isn't effected! Give those corms a few weeks they may grow back or shoot some pups.
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Great looking plants.
Update..plants are doing well, crazy to think I have to start thinking about overwintering again. I learned a lot last year..tends to get a little easier each year...bittersweet.
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Bigdog, thank you for the detailed information. I live in central jersey and though I have had the banana plant for many years, I had kept them indoors until this year when it suddenly started to grow tall and hot my ceiling. I moved it outside and suddenly it started to grow like crazy; I still have it in a container but plan to plant it in the ground next April.

I am debating of I should cut the leaves and a part of the stem and bring it back indoors or uproot it and keep it in a dark place. does it matter?

Thanks again to everyone; this is such a great site for information.
I can now see why we are all addicted to the banana plants.
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If they used something like roundup you may be ok if the corms were good sized. I hit mine all the time on accident with roundup. It kills pups but never hurts even the smaller moms. Also a lot of herbicide is only absorbed through leaves. so hopefully the ground isn't effected! Give those corms a few weeks they may grow back or shoot some pups.
Well, everything grew back. The Elephant Ears and Bananas, but the Bananas are only 2 - 3 feet tall (as opposed to probably 8 - 10' by now if they hadn't been killed back by something). On the positive side, I can save all my elephant ear bulbs and start over next spring. For the two bananas, I guess I'm going to put them in pots and just let them grow inside all winter to try and get them back up to a respectable height.
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Nice! Is there a specific reason for planting in the boxes?
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Last month, my neighbor was soo sad because she hasn't had any bananas on her tree for 10 years. Just when she was giving up hope, she told me how surprised she was to see how many bananas her tree has now. She tried
some new product, and was just amazed. This is in So. Cal.
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Last month, my neighbor was soo sad because she hasn't had any bananas on her tree for 10 years. Just when she was giving up hope, she told me how surprised she was to see how many bananas her tree has now. She tried
some new product, and was just amazed. This is in So. Cal.
When I lived in SoCal, I had no problems getting bananas. They grew like weeds! But where I lived, it never bot below 40 degrees in winter (coastal area). Probably rarely below 45.
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Amazing! I had no idea what lengths northerners go to for their bananas. My first experience with live bananas (as an adult) was in Costa Rica, then Nicaragua. Never knew you could cut the leaves off, dig them up and store them. Hopefully Uruguay winters won't ever be so cold that I'd have to do that. This winter we had one short spell of really cold weather (about five or six days of less than 9 C). Creating a warm microclimate in front yard currently and one in the back later and hoping that'll work fine.
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