miraculous rooting--I can't believe it!

sandy0225(z5 Indiana)August 29, 2006

I was separating some bananas I've been growing in pots in the greenhouse for sale. They are Bordelons. They had some nice pups about 8 inches to a foot tall. Most of them, I separated just fine, but there were four that I accidentally cut off without getting the roots.

I know from experience that they were a lost cause, they had some of the white stem at the bottom where whey had been attached to the corm of the mother plant, but they didn't have any roots-- but they were so pretty that I decided to stick them in the stream/waterfall to my pond where I root a lot of hard-to-root plants over summer. I thought at least they'd die slowly and I'd feel like I was giving them a chance.

Today I looked over there and noticed that the tops still looked good. I thought "I'll just go and see how rotten they're getting at the bottom, because I know they will die", and pulled them out and THEY HAVE ROOTS!

So if you have a pond and a place to circulate the pond water over the stubs, maybe you can root those stubs, too. I cut off a couple more suckers off a large clump of basjoo in the yard and stuck them in there today just to see what happens. The stream part is in the shade under a tree.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bordelon pond water roots

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sandy0225(z5 Indiana)

I guess I'm not that good at posting pictures like I thought I was, here's the correct link, they are in the August folder. The last picture is a little fuzzy because I had it too close to the camera, I think, but you can see the white root sticking out of the stump.

Here is a link that might be useful: look in the august photos folder for the pictures

    Bookmark   August 30, 2006 at 1:48PM
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I had a similar experience last Spring. When I was removing the mulch from around my musella lasiocarpa, two of the smaller sprouts near the ground broke away from the main stem without any roots. The bottom seemed to be rotten. On one 12 inch sprout there were 6 tiny lentil size buds. I potted the sprout, covering the buds with sand and put it in the greenhouse. I now have 6 or 7 twenty inch musella spouts.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2006 at 9:36PM
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