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Old 01-18-2010, 02:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have several Musa Basjoo plants in my yard, which is in Columbia, SC, we have had a few weeks of cold nights which in in the 20's. On one group of Musa Basjoos, I cut off the leaves, and on the others I left them on. Well the ones that were left on are now very soggy along with the trunk, I cut them to the ground and the whole trunk seems to be soggy. The ones which I trimmed the leaves off of seem to not be a soggy. What does this mean? Did I lose my Plant? I hope not and what do you guys recommend? Thanks a lot in advance!
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If they're brown/squishy, this is rot....not a good thing. Remove all rot to prevent it from spreading. The plants might still be viable, though.
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ur in zone 8..they will be fine,dont sweat it. just hack them to the ground and they will be even bigger than before this fall.
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My dad has some in East Lyme, Connecticut and they freeze down every year....don't worry they will regrow from the roots...
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Default Re: musa basjoo questions

Even though the pseudostem is lost, does not mean it will not come back from the meristem. I have lost entire pstem in the past because the only protection I give mine is a good layer of mulch. Even if you lose the meristem, does not always mean the plant is a lost cause. More than likely it would generate a new pup from the corm. The only problem that might be of concern is if you planted it in a low area on your property and it stays sitting in water. Best of luck with you bananas and hope to see you around the forum more often...

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