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Species Bananas Discussions of all the different wild species of banana (non edible), an aspect of the hobby that deserves its own section.


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Old 02-27-2006, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default M.lasiocarpa, pup vs bloom

So far I've had Mussela lasiocarpa for about 4 years and it won't bloom. It has produced many nice pups in that time, and regrown them quickly. I have also let my other ones just be without taking pups off, but they never seem to want to bloom(just more pups). On two of my plants the pups are almost as big as the original plant.
Would it increase the chances of a bloom if I killed any new pups? What would be the best way to kill them?
I use bloom fertilizers, and nitrogen on them.
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Old 02-28-2006, 11:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think a better route to go would be to try and expose it to frost damage. Sometimes this species need frost damage to its leaves to trigger a bloom, I wouldnt mess with the pups.
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You can send one to me and I can test the frost damage theory for you!

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Gabe -That's amazing, and makes sense. I guess I'll test it out in an inland location with more freeze, and heat. I'll give it the torture test.
Sodak- I'm guessing your in zone 6? I hear M.lasiocarpa doesn't do well unless it has at least zone 7. What bananas are you growing?
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Gabe -That's amazing, and makes sense. I guess I'll test it out in an inland location with more freeze, and heat. I'll give it the torture test.
Sodak- I'm guessing your in zone 6? I hear M.lasiocarpa doesn't do well unless it has at least zone 7. What bananas are you growing?
Ahh, the only outdoor variety I'm growing now is Basjoo. I hope to get a Sikkimensis this spring from another member here. I have a few edibles in the house and storage now that I will plant out this spring.
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