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Old 06-28-2008, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a basjoo that is 3 ft tall, it keeps sending up pups but its not getting any taller. it keeps putting out new leaves but no height. is there something that im doing wrong or is it just nana paranoia? the rest of my basjoo are getting taller. clueless in sparta.
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Old 06-28-2008, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dear Clueless,
I am not sure, but maybe a little Gibberelic acid would help.
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Old 06-28-2008, 03:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i do not grow basjoo but alot of my nanas that are small and have pups , the pups will out grow the mother...
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds similar to mine. About 3ft tall and a ton of pups. Lots of leaves but theirs not much height gain from each new leaf. I don't remember it being like this last year. It must have a good 10 leaves for its probably 2ft p-stem.
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All 3 of mine are doing the same. Figured it was normal.
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Fertilizer never hurts...unless you put too much, that is.
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I've been using Miracle grow fert. I mixed 2/3 tomato,1/3 general blends and feed once a week. All the other Bananas love it and are getting big. The Basjoo's are giving up a leaf a week and are getting fatter but the height is only grown about 2 inches since the middle of may. and now has 3 pups
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Yeah I also fertilized mine. My other bananas are growing fine. This is getting rather weird. seams my basjoo wants to be a dwarf.
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Old 06-29-2008, 02:19 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well this is my first year so I don't have anything to compare them too,but at least I haven't killed any of them yet. So far so good I guess. Are yours in the ground or in pots. I have 2 in pots and 1 in the ground. The one in the ground is a lil bit bigger but not much. They were all bought within a week of each other.
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i use the expert gardner water soluable fert once a week, they get about a half gallon a week. when i got their beds ready i used potting mix,organic compost with cow poop. all of the nanas are doing great, their just not getting taller. i have at least one new leaf a week on all of my nanas. all of my basjoos are in the ground. i have pups but no height to them. my tallest is 4 and 1/2 ft tall.
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Sam, how much mulch do you have on the basjoo. Everything I read is that they are very fast growing.
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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3-4 inches. i get new leaves just no height.
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I wonder if acidity or alkalinity can cause this sort of behavior? Anyone?
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I know I've seen pictures on here of other people's basjoos that are tall and beautiful. Mine (that I got from Stokes Tropicals) hasn't been much taller than 5 feet or so for the nearly 10 years I've had it. It has pupped many plants and seems generally healthy, but is just not a tall cultivar. It is also the least attractive of all varieties I have. I've heard at least one other person say that their basjoo seemed to be a dwarf also.

I believe that it may be the cultivar that you have.
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Well, 3-4" of mulch doesn't sound to deep. I thought it may have been to deep and causing root cooling. Thus stunting growth.

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I think I just got the runt of the litter.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:41 AM   #17 (permalink)
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they are not smoking are they?
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I have a basjoo that is maybe 2ft tall and has 3 pups. gains leaves but no height. hoping maybe the pups will do something as they are almost as tall as the mother. my other basjoo has 14 leaves and is only 2-2 1/2 ft tall also. the p-stem is about 5" in diameter at the base.
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i have had a leaf come out (yesterday) that is twice the size of any other leaf on one of my basjoo. it (finally) has the red vein doen the center, but its way wider then any other leaf on it.its still short. will pos pics later. its just a strange lil nanan tree. omg!!!!! and btw..... my goldfinger that i thought was a gonner months ago( i was so mad i just stuck the pot in the corner and ignored it!).....is growing!!!!!!!! i have a leaf coming out. now im kind of happy.wahoo!!!
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