What's my problem with basjoos?!
I have, over the years, successfully overwintered many different varieties of bananas (Musa sp., Lasiocarpa, Ensete, etc.). However, I always seem to have a problem with Musa basjoo. I read about people overwintering them in the ground in frigid winter areas and yet I can't get mine to overwinter indoors at subtropical winter temps (60-65 F.) in the basement under the stairs. No problem with the more tender, tropical varieties (Cubans, Saba, Orinoco, you name it). The basjoos pseudobulbs look aweful now (just went down to put all the bananas in containers to start them). The basjoos are soft and mushy, some have a white mildewy covering and look rotted. I potted them up anyway thinking that maybe they just look like this (unlike any of the other varieties). So just what is the problem with basjoos??!!