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Old 08-02-2015, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok here is the deal, I am in Atlanta-GA-USA zone 7a. I have Musa basjoo in my backyard but I also have a mysterious banana that was given to me which is much taller than Musa basjoo. The guy that gave it to me has one that must be 15 feet tall.
It does winter fine with some mulch in my zone 7a. Can anyone tell me what it might be as I want to order more. I have tried to transplant one pup with no luck.

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Old 08-03-2015, 03:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-03-2015, 04:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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It looks like a basjoo to me. I'm almost 99 percent sure.
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Old 08-03-2015, 04:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm not sure... I'll have to look up... just to be sure. Looks great though.
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Old 08-03-2015, 05:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was suspecting a basjoo too but mine in the backyard do not get as big as this one. There must be different varieties and some must grow taller.

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Old 08-17-2015, 11:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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I was suspecting a basjoo too but mine in the backyard do not get as big as this one. There must be different varieties and some must grow taller.

Keep them coming

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So -if I understand correctly. You have mats in the backyard and frontyard and the pstems are alike - except one gets much taller? Are the mats pstems the same age and receive same water/sun/fert? Looks like mat in the 1st pic needs thinning - should be lots of pups - if you get good roots from the motherplant why not do that?
You say the nanas overwinter fine -do you mean they freeze and comeback in spring?
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Hi

The mats in the front and backyard are not from the same plant. Both corms overwinter fine with mulch, if they would freeze they wouldn't come back.
Still looking for an I.D.

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Musa basjoo.

Size of the plants may vary depending on the conditions.
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I've just done my 1st (fingers crossed) pup removal so I understand failure and your hesitance to try again. IME there's a trick involved. Is it possible that your benefactor who gave you one of his could help you separate pups from your tall plant?
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I've just done my 1st (fingers crossed) pup removal so I understand failure and your hesitance to try again. IME there's a trick involved. Is it possible that your benefactor who gave you one of his could help you separate pups from your tall plant?
I hate to remove more than 1 pup on the same plant in the same season. I don't want to stress it. I will try again next year.
The guy that gave it to me is a total stranger that I happened to cross at work and he told me he was clueless about bananas and that someone offered him a pup and he planted it..

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