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Old 05-16-2016, 02:50 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Default Re: Uncovered my basjoos in Pennsylvania!

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Since the pups are coming from an established plant, to the get very tall?

I think the problem with the stalk was moisture. I see the pictures where someone else had actual insulation wrapped around the stalk. Maybe that's where I failed?
IDK. This is the first time it's happened. They are water pups though, so they will not be very big. I will most likely plant a sword sucker nearby.
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About 3 weeks since my last picture and we've had several cold and not very sunny days lately so not much growth has happened.

Both my basjoos are pushing their second leaves and I'm surprised to see how much height my 'stumpy' was able to recover. Its gained back almost half the p-stem that I removed in April. Even better, the full p-stem guy is really rockin' some big leaves to start the growing season off.

In the back of the photo is my strawberry bed which has been enjoying all the rain and cool weather.


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Those are looking great! I wish I'd wrapped mine correctly to save the p stem. Oh well, the new one I bought it doing well, maybe 4' high.

I cut off the smaller, lower leaves to promote growth at the top. If that works... my thought was that it would promote top growth.
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The old plant did push up a lot of growth around the dead p-stem, but all the new ones only made it to around 3' tall. The new one I planted is probably 6' to the top of the leaves. Doing very well, but I want to save this one!
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Default Re: Uncovered my basjoos in Pennsylvania!

Good luck saving the p-stem. I think it can be done, this year I am just using leaves, burlap, and plastic.

Also, I am going to put a small thermocouple inside my winter shelters so I can measure the temperature from the outside. I am curious to see what the actual inside temperature is at ground level and also 4' off the ground. Comparing this to the outside temp should indicate how well my shelter works....

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Good luck saving the p-stem. I think it can be done, this year I am just using leaves, burlap, and plastic.

Also, I am going to put a small thermocouple inside my winter shelters so I can measure the temperature from the outside. I am curious to see what the actual inside temperature is at ground level and also 4' off the ground. Comparing this to the outside temp should indicate how well my shelter works....

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So is it rare that you were able to save your p-stem in PA? My other option would be to dig the thing up after it freezes, put it in a bucket and leave it where I store my elephant ears in a dark corner of the basement.

When you do that, do you tend to get good growth the next year?
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I am not sure how rare it is, but I think it is quite possible to do with any healthy and large basjoo stem. That was my first year attempting outdoor storage and I didn't lose a plant either.

Your basjoo will start growing earlier in spring if you keep it outside in the ground. I don't see a reason to dig up a basjoo for winter. Lots of effort and no fruits from the labor!

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I am not sure how rare it is, but I think it is quite possible to do with any healthy and large basjoo stem. That was my first year attempting outdoor storage and I didn't lose a plant either.

Your basjoo will start growing earlier in spring if you keep it outside in the ground. I don't see a reason to dig up a basjoo for winter. Lots of effort and no fruits from the labor!

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Good points! I already get lots of comments on my tropical landscape in front of my house. But I want to have a banana tree that will cause people to stop the car and wonder how it can be?
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