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Old 10-08-2012, 12:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I cover and protect my outdoor, in ground, basjoos. The ones that are outdoors, in pots, I have taken in and stored dry/cool. Several years ago, I took the plants out of their pots, and brought them inside, where I put them in garbage bags, with another bag over the tops of them, in a room where we only have an electric heater built into the wall. This heater is expensive to run, so we only turn it on when we are in the room. It gets down to about 50F in there. The plants get no water while inside, from early November until early April, when they go outside again. This has worked very well, with the leaves still green in April. A couple of years ago, I got lazy and, instead of putting them in garbage bags, I just dragged the pots in, and put a bag over the tops. Again, no water, and the results were the same.
Most other varieties, I kept growing over the winter, either in windows, or under lights, in a warm basement. This year, however, I fear I may have too many to keep them all growing, and I wondered if I could store any other varieties, like I do the basjoos.
The varieties I have are: Musella lasiocarpa, Ensettes glaucum & maurelii, and Musas basjoo, Truly Tiny, Dwarf Cavendish, Gran Nain, Williams, Gros Michel, and Zebrina.
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You can store these dry Musella lasiocarpa, Ensettes glaucum & maurelii, and Musas basjoo, but the stuff from the cavendish group dosen't like to start back up. I call it dry and die. never had luck with those restarting in the spring
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You can store these dry Musella lasiocarpa, Ensettes glaucum & maurelii, and Musas basjoo, but the stuff from the cavendish group dosen't like to start back up. I call it dry and die. never had luck with those restarting in the spring
I have had the exact same experience. I don't even grow cavendish anymore for that very reason.
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