Musa Basjoo Tips Needed
A few years ago I purchased a few Musa Basjoos online, and started growing them in pots as I did not have a yard to plant them in. This spring, I bought a house, and planted them in my landscaping. I have several issues I am concerned about.
1) The St. Louis summers get upwards of 100F - 105F The plants are in direct sunlight for roughly 4 hours per day (10a.m. to 2p.m.) and then shaded by a large oak tree in the afternoon. Will this present a problem during the hottest part of the summer?
2) When I planted the trees roughly 3 months ago, they were about 6 inches in height. Currently they are about 3 feet in height. I started putting milorganite on them about 2 weeks ago, and am starting to get very large leafs (30 inches in length). While the leafs are getting very large, the plant itself isn't getting much taller. I have two pups growing at the base, and will be separating them in a week or so. Should I see significant growth after separating the pups? Also, would trimming off the lower leafs promote growth?
3) I want to dig them up this winter and bring them inside in order to keep the height next spring. What steps should I take to ensure the plant stays healthy over the winter months? Will it require a grow light?
4) I placed a milorganite around the base about two weeks ago. I used roughly a red Solo cup full around the base. How much should I actually use, and is it possible to over use milorganite?
5) The Missouri soil is....well....mostly clay. I am afraid of over watering as clay has very poor drainage properties. How often should I be watering, and for how long?
I'd like to get as much height out of the plants as possible by the end of the growing season. Any help would be greatly appreciated!