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Old 06-09-2008, 12:11 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Default Re: Upham giant Basjoo

Ok a little more info. There where plans to propagate it but between Dr. Francko moving to another university and another professor retiring plus basjoo's becoming so commonly available cheap and no school funding they just couldn't carry on with it.

I am still trying to get one though.
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Default Re: Upham giant Basjoo

yet another case where a .org based TC propagation unit would get a variety out into wider circulation.
Is that big one in the original pic still there? any pups on it?
Now where's my digging spade, and my plane ticket to Ohio.
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Well sorry to have gotten anyone hopes up on a potentially larger and hardier basjoo but It doesn't look like I will be able to get one right now. They aren't doing anything with it and I don't think they ever plan to.

All well, It was probably just a somewhat old basjoo anyway (since 2000).
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any chance of cross breeding the cold tolerant basjoo with an edible banana to make it possible to grow fruit in colder regions of the country with our shorter outdoor growing season?
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:07 AM   #25 (permalink)
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That's what I'm saying.
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Well, it looks like we won't be able to try the Upham Giant Basjoo. Here's what Dr. Francko said about it today...

"As for the basjoo, I don’t have as good news. Despite my best efforts for a full year after leaving Miami University in August 2006, Miami has completely dropped the ball on getting that banana produced and out the door. They hold the trademark and there is little I can do."
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I had a similar reply from Dr. Francko:

"Howard, thanks for the email, and I wish I had good news for you. Unfortunately, my former employer, Miami University, has completely dropped the ball on the development of intellectual property I worked on while there, including the palm protectors and the release of ‘Upham Giant’ I spent a great deal of time during the first year and a half after we moved to Alabama trying as hard as I could to keep things going, but to no avail. A real shame – they hold the patent to the palm protectors and the trademark on ‘Upham Giant’, but cannot get around to doing anything with them. I guess that kind of attitude is why I left."
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There still is a little bit of hope that I can get an upham. I know someone who goes to miami uni and I think they may be able to get me one. Not until spring though.
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That would be great! Hopefully the location can be ascertained on campus from the picture in the Southeastern Palm issue. It'd be like a hardy Saba but w/o good fruit!
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Awesome! Maybe we can liberate the plant from the university and celebrate it in our gardens! This sounds like the right thing to do given the circumstances at Miami University.

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I assume nothing ever came out of this project?
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:10 AM   #32 (permalink)
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This is a link to that item you were talking about.
Upham was a name of a building on the campus and the basjoos were planted in the garden along with some palms.
The plants are said to be Balbisiana X Basjoo cross.

The plants which I have seen that were said to be in that study have the same growth characteristics as a regular plant.
These plants do exist but they do not seem any bigger then others I have seen locally.
This might be due to siting and growing conditions.



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