Musa question

novita(SWB.C. z8)February 16, 2010

I left a musa basjoo outside in a big planter, wrapped with bracken and plastic over the top. I just uncovered it and it's a mushy mess, but the big one is still alive in the middle of the stem. should I cover it up again? Too early to leave exposed? I cut off all the mushy part of the stem. Don't quite know what to do with it now, if anyone can help I would be grateful.

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yaslan(8 WA state)

You should try posting this question in the tropical fruits forum. There are quite a few people who grow bananas and have more insight into your dilemma.
-Bo

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 12:42AM
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issafish

In a normal spring it would be too eary to leave it unprotected. But this is suppose to be a warm winter - early spring so you probably haven't hurt anything. My Musa basjoo in the past has been pushing new leaves by March when we have a warm spring, so I usually clean them up by then.
I have stopped protecting it since this species is completely root hardy in the PNW.
There are plenty of people on this board that have and still do grow this plant, so you came to the right board.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 9:40AM
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novita(SWB.C. z8)

Thanks, Issafish. I will see what happens. I kept one in a pot, inside, just in case.
I did look in the banana forum, everybody seemed to live in Florida.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 11:27AM
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winsorw(8)

Hi Novita,
I have a similar experience with issafish. I am in Auburn, WA, and have a big area filled with basjoo. They have been coming back for the last 5 years, covered or uncovered. It survived last year winter so now I don't do anything except giving them cow manure every year.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2010 at 8:29PM
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