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Old 04-10-2021, 11:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Well, no surprise really, my basjoo is still alive. Just uncovered it today and it looks like it is doing just fine.



And several hours later, same day, it has grown over an inch. Sorry the pics aren't from the same distance or angle, but you get the idea.

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Old 04-12-2021, 11:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Now for the Helen's Hybrids - unfortunately not what I was pulling for, but hopefully the mat is still viable. Not very promising for a cold hardy plant considering the amount of protection it had and how mild the temperatures were this winter. The weird thing is that the p-stems are very firm, basically no give at all when squeezed. We'll just have to see how it goes.

And if you are interested here is a short video of the process.

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Those plants still look viable to me.. just give them some time im thinking they will spring to life.
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Thank you - Yeah, I am assuming at this point they are, but keeping my fingers crossed nonetheless.
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Well, no surprise really, my basjoo is still alive. Just uncovered it today and it looks like it is doing just fine.



And several hours later, same day, it has grown over an inch. Sorry the pics aren't from the same distance or angle, but you get the idea.

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4 weeks later, the first full leaf has unfurled itself....yay!! And the 6-7 pups cut down end of last year are regrowing too

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So the basjoo is looking pretty good overall:



Not all the pups made it though, interestingly enough. Two big pups, including the biggest one (not the mother) succumbed to something, but 4 other pups are growing, so far so good:



The Helen's Hybrid I am not sure about. P-stems didn't survive at all but we'll have to wait and see if the corm is still viable:



And the Dwarf Orinoco. This was kind of weird, there were about 4-5 stems when I covered it, but only the main one had anything left of it. There were no remnants of the pups at all, which makes me think something might have been eating it. Another wait and see:



Just curiously, do any of you have a suggestion for how far down I should cut the dead p-stems? Should I cut them all the way to the top of the corm or not or does it make any difference?
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Another wait and see:
Its gonna be a long wait, coldest spring on record.......we had frost on the ground this morning
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Its gonna be a long wait, coldest spring on record.......we had frost on the ground this morning
My plants are late to the party too .....just started to break the soil last week.
I think it really means it is going to be a good growing season.
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I think it really means it is going to be a good growing season.
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