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Old 06-23-2011, 03:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I bought a MUSA MEKONG GIANT from www.briansbotanicals and the thing was so root bound it was growing threw the drain holes of the little pot it was in. Needless to say i had to cut it out of the pot, and in doing so and not meaning to i cut some of the white roots. Will this hurt the plant or you think it'll be ok?
Been in the ground about 5 days. Had a leaf sprouting when i got it.

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Old 06-23-2011, 04:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When I purchase an orchid that has roots growing through the holes in the pot, I will destroy the pot if it is clay, and if it is plastic I will piece by piece cut it away from the roots. My interest is in reducing the root damage as much as possible, and I don't give a rip about the pot. Most folks aren't as fanatical about it as I am, though.
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I agree. It was plastic and way to small for the plant. The plant was in pretty good shape but i was cussing trying to cut the plastic around the roots. lol
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You should be fine as long as the corm is entact. Bananas are pretty durable. Sometimes I take a knife and cut the tangled roots if they are a tightly packed root ball if I am transplanting a very rootbound banana in the ground.
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When someone wants a type of naner that I only have potted, I hit the rootball with a hose with jet nozzle. When all the dirt is gone I trim off all the oldest roots as long as there are plenty of young white ones.

To plant - - splay the roots in the hole and it will take off fine.
To overcome xplant shock, and guarantee success, dust the wet roots with mycorrhizae powder -- then fill in.

Even so --- most naners are tuff and it shouldn't matter in the long run.
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Our plants got here today and I promptly checked the roots. They were in very good condition and are now ready to repot. Finally there will be a banana plantation for me to grow and encourage. You shouldn't have any problem as the others have stated, this are pretty durable plants. Maintenance and love will make them your prize. Hope you get some good pups and maybe we can trade.
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Right on oaks, i'll try to remember that. I do plan to keep it in the ground over winter. Can't find much experience info on them, so don't know how durable they are, but i guess time will tell!
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And btw i planted this in the middle of 2 trees which is about 95% or so shade, which what i was looking for. On initial research from the web, i read it likes shade cause the sun will burn the leaves, i guess based on its natural habitat. But, after i bought it and upon further research,(and from diff. sellers) other sites say full sun, shade , partial shade and whatever. I don't get it! IS IT SUN, SHADE OR BOTH? I don't know, i guess you just plant it wherever and hope for the best!
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