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Old 02-27-2017, 05:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question winter kill

Its been years since i have posted here and now I need some ideas from the experts...
This was the second winter I did not wrap my plants(musa basjoo). Last winter they all came back wonderfully, this year was not the winter to not wrap. Crazy weather, long cold winter and still getting snow here in Vancouver BC. I know I have lost these plants the corms are above ground as these are old plants that just have kept multiplying. I cut out the dead ones that had produced fruit the previous new ones come up.

Now my question is, the large mounds of corms/roots whatever you call it, will need to come out so I can start again I assume and would also look better. Is there an easy way to get these things out? hoping for some suggestions from others that have experience with this.

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Old 02-27-2017, 09:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If they are truly dead and rotted they will dry out and have no solid structure underground. They will become dirt pretty much. If you find anything hard under the ground the corm is still alive and may send up pups. When you walk through them this spring if you find caved in spaces/holes as you walk through them then they are goners. Personally I would give them time to come up with the warm weather and if they are totally dead just till the area. It would be very rich in organic matter now.
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if you are looking to start from scratch and to remove all and replant? The only easy ways, Back hoe or young relatives. You can expand and replace or amend much of the soil while you are at it. Your banana will love it!
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