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Tissue Culturing & Other Propagation Techniques of Banana Plants This forum is for discussing propagation techniques of banana plants. Tissue culturing is the popular process of creating clones from a source plant. There are other techniques to propagate banana plants however, such as nicking corms or dividing corms. Learn more inside.


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Old 05-25-2021, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I received a badly damaged Musa basjoo pup:
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It seems to have been separated from the mother plant without a sharp tool, the cut was quite uneven. Also there was an additional cut in the top and the pseudostem smashed a little bit. The tool must've missed a few times :/

I guess I shouldnt look a gift horse in the mouth and I want to make the best of it

The good news is that it seems like there was a new root growing from the cut and there were a few white roots on the bottom too.

I cleaned it thoroughly, removed excess tissue and rubbed the cut and the injuries with grinded charcoal. Then I potted it sideways in coconut coir, leaving the cut on top outside of the growing medium, like proposed in this video:
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I put a plastic bag over the container to increase humidity and left it in the shade.

Is there anything else I can do to support my Musa basjoo pup at this difficult time of its life? Or anything I should do differently?

Thanks for your support!
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Old 05-25-2021, 10:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: treating a severly injured Musa basjoo pup

I am sure it will be fine, basjoos are very resilient. I didn't look at the video but normally when transplanting a pup there is an 'open wound' where it was separated from the mother so this is nothing unusual, and I would plant them upright myself.

I would put it in a well draining mix (I would at least add perlite to the coir to make a 1:1 mixture) in a warm area with bright light but not necessarily full sun, although with its lack of leaf mass, sun may not matter much.

Don't plant it too deep! Just enough to cover the corm.

It looks like the top it fairly well smashed but I can't really tell for sure. If so, I would cut it down a bit to remove the smashed portion.

Water it well once and then leave it alone, checking on it occasionally to make sure the leaf is growing. Don't water it again until the medium is mostly dry and/or it shows some good growth.

I am guessing it will come to life quickly.
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Hey sirdoofus,

thank you for your encouraging words about the basjoo being resilient enough to handle it, that makes me very hopeful

unfortunately i dont have any perlite at hand and hardware stores or plant centers are difficult to access here at the moment. do you think it could survive with only coir?

since the medium is supposed to dry out i guess i should remove the humidity dome in order for it being able to dry?

thank you for your help and have a nice afternoon
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Default Re: treating a severly injured Musa basjoo pup

Those cuts are about normal for separating pups from the mother corm. ...Plant the pup corm with the neck UP AND AT THE LINE/SURFACE. ... The cut will heal over and grow roots, as it should. ...There is nothing to worry about.
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