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Old 10-14-2018, 03:41 PM   #101 (permalink)
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[quote=mari@adams.net;319475]I had quite a bit of a white mold/fungus on some of the top part of the mulch around the banana plants. Is this 'stuff' harmful to the roots or the plant itself? If it is, how do you avoid it?

For me it is normal for new or moist store bought and fresh wood chips/ mulch.
It will disappear once the environmental conditions change such as temperature and moisture

It could even give you a yellow vomit look and that is still ok.

Now if you see that between your toenails.....yep.... cause for concern.

Mulch is kinda like the cold cut baloney you never know what is in it.
The same goes for store bought bagged "garden soil"

Your plants are looking good
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Our temps Monday morning is supposed to be 32* so went ahead (haven't had a frost yet to cut back) and did some mulching today. There's 2 bales of straw on this (I left the sections of the bale packed) plus some pine mulch from a tree that I have. Will add lots more of pine mulch and more straw if need be. Our leaves here haven't turned or fallen yet and I will eventually have a lot of leaves to add to this. Not for sure if I will do any 'boxing' on the stems when cut back. Any suggestions appreciated as I haven't left any plants out through the winter. These are Basjoos.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:42 AM   #103 (permalink)
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[quote=mari@adams.net;319480]Our temps Monday morning is supposed to be 32* so went ahead (haven't had a frost yet to cut back) and did some mulching today. There's 2 bales of straw on this (I left the sections of the bale packed) plus some pine mulch from a tree that I have. Will add lots more of pine mulch and more straw if need be. Our leaves here haven't turned or fallen yet and I will eventually have a lot of leaves to add to this. Not for sure if I will do any 'boxing' on the stems when cut back. Any suggestions appreciated as I haven't left any plants out through the winter. These are Basjoos.
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Evidently we had a freeze last night cause the Basjoos have been knocked down some. Is it time now to cut back and do the final mulching? Our temps here for the next 10 days is forecasted to be in the 50-60's* during the day and 30-40's* at night. I have already done some mulching.[IMG]

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Right or Wrong...I went ahead and cut the Baajoos today, used the tops in the mulch and added some pine mulch to the straw that was put on yesterday. Will add more straw and leaves when they fall. Do I need to let the cut portion of the stem dry before covering it with more mulch? I'm guessing I should put a tarp over the mulch and stems to keep it from more rain and getting wet.[IMG]

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That will be fine. I place pieces of cardboard boxes around the pstems to provide a few inches of air between the stem and the mulch covering. This reduces the chance for mold by not having wet soggy mulch in direct contact.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:38 PM   #107 (permalink)
 
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Tarp it so mulch stays dry. Wet mulch is bad.

I will do my basjoo in a few weeks. Not that cold here yet...
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Thanks for the replies and advice....I will try and add some cardboard as you said. Our weather here is so up-and-down, you never know when it will go to freeze and stay there. I was 'iffy' as to whether to go ahead and get them prepared for winter now, but will find out next year if I did wrong. They looked pretty bad today after the freeze last night. Not for sure about putting the stems away wet and bleeding moisture.
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While cutting back the hardy Basjoos, I sliced through some of the stem and found a dark spot that then had a light spot within it. I did the same with the Dwarf Cavendish and found no dark spot. What do you think the dark spot is, or is this normal for the Basjoos.

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I have 4 bales of straw on these basjoos plants, plus their tops when cut off and some pine mulch. A 2-layer (folded a big one) tarp placed over all this to keep it dry. Can lift it and add mulched leaves after they fall. We are still in the 50's-60 during the day but down to 29* at night. Have I mulched too much now with the temps as they are? Looks like another week of 50-60's with low night temps.[IMG][/IMG]
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This looks totally fine. Great job! There is no need to worry about a few days when the temperature reaches 50 to 60F. Let it stay like that until early April. Then you can lift it to take a peek.
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Some time ago, someone posted a remark about a banana plant that would be best for northerners to grow that would produce bloom in less time than other banana plants. I can't recall what it was. I'm sure it was a dwarf, I do have dwarf cavendish, but that wasn't what was suggested. Seems like it was said that it would produce bloom in 9-12 months. Does anyone know what it might be?
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Some time ago, someone posted a remark about a banana plant that would be best for northerners to grow that would produce bloom in less time than other banana plants. I can't recall what it was. I'm sure it was a dwarf, I do have dwarf cavendish, but that wasn't what was suggested. Seems like it was said that it would produce bloom in 9-12 months. Does anyone know what it might be?
might be viente cohol or raja puri.
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Thanks, I'm thinking raja puri is the one.
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Keep in mind that USDA Cold Hardiness zone 10 is considered northern for fruiting bananas.

Every banana I've grown in zone 9 has produced a bloom in 9-12 months. But after the bloom comes a 3-6 month ripening period -- the duration depending on the season the bloom occurred.
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Expect a 2-5 year grow cycle for a flower in that zone.
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