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Old 05-02-2010, 11:30 PM   #41 (permalink)
 
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BTW guys, what is black bisqueen?
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Leaf enclosure worked great for me this past winter... I'm in 6a southern Indiana, and I chopped all leaves off of my basjoo clump and covered the 5' pstems in a leaf enclosure, and in early march, they were shooting up through the protection... here's a pic I snapped:
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I have had good luck with cutting my basjoo pseudo stems to around 1-2 ft., then covering with a deep layer of straw mulch. However, it's not pretty, as you can see in the pic below. Our temps got to 5F last winter, but my basjoo clump came back with 19 pups! It's located in the center of the pic in front of the azaleas.The large plastic bag is over a T. fortunei palm mulched and wrapped with burlap. Smaller palms are protected with straw mulch only.

The plastic garbage bag over the palm will not promote rot, Where the moisture can't escape?
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Don't give up hope. Having some of my basjoos come up, I thought I had lost the others. My others which were 8ft away, and protected the same way now have started to emerge a month later. Both in similar exposure conditions.
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Thought i would bring this thread back its about that time of year again...I picked up a styrofoam thing made to protect flowers for the winter.



Im not real sure what would be the best way to use it though. I will probably put about a foot of mulch down then put this down then put more mulch around it.
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Where did you find that container, Nate? And Nucci, my apologies for not answering your good question sooner. Just noticed your question. I put several holes of around 1" in the upper sides of the bag to avoid exactly that problem.
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:29 PM   #47 (permalink)
 
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Where did you find that container, Nate? And Nucci, my apologies for not answering your good question sooner. Just noticed your question. I put several holes of around 1" in the upper sides of the bag to avoid exactly that problem.
I got it at Menards they are kinda like a Lowe's or HD. It was around 6$. This was the largest and thickest they had but they had 4 other ones that were smaller and thinner.
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Default Re: What Is The Best Way To Protect A Musa Basjoo For Winter????

Has anyone ever tried building an artificial bush to cover the pstems with? I'm thinking that for those who don't want an eyesore in their yard could have a protective cone that fits over the stems, insulated and dry on the inside, but the outside is artificial evergreen so that it looks like an evergreen bush --- can even have a few xmas lights for the holidays.
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I have always just cut them down to about 16 inches....removed the mulch from around the base and then mounded dirt up around the base on a slope, so water will run away from the base during freeze thaws!

I then replace the mulch(cypress), putting down a good layer 10-12 inches thick and about a foot out...I then cover the stem with a heavy duty rose cone, (I sprayed mine black-inside and out...to help absorb heat)....and then I cover it with black bisqueen, the black bisqueen seems to keep it around 8-10 degrees warmer under there then the actual air temp outside, (you can actually dig in the dirt in the middle of winter under there, the ground just does not freeze hard) this has always worked for me!

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Black bisqueen is a heavy duty black plastic sheeting!....its so much better looking then those gaudy green or blue tarps!
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Do you have a pic of the whole enclosure? I think this is the way im gonna do mine this year.
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I've used old nursery pots stacked on top of each other, in progressively smaller sizes upwards, with the center cut out of the bottoms, leaving about an inch of material near the outside wall of the pot. I then use sheet metal screws to secure the pots together, creating a large cone. I then fill with either straw or bark mulch, and place an uncut pot over the cone as a cap. There's enough ventilation to keep air circulating and the "cap pot" keeps any serious moisture out. It works for me here on the west coast where rain is my main concern. Here is a picture of the end product:url=http://www.bananas.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=37677&ppuser=5590][/url]
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I just cut them down and keep them dry for a few(days,weeks,whatever ma nature allows for),then cover with about a foot of mulch and a plastic sheet.
They came back this spring after the horrific winter we had,got as cold as -12(F).
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