Chinese Yellow Bananas - Musella lasiocarpa anyone grow?

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Chinese Yellow Bananas - Musella lasiocarpa anyone grow?

Post by cordyman » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:58 pm

These are stunning, yet I don't recall seeing many members growing them? Not hardy enough or? Look very different in growing habit from Musa Basjoo which I like.


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Post by derrick » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:54 pm

Lots of members have them I have one no flower yet .Nice picture Cordy like that ?


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Post by Nathan » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:59 pm

I did have one for a few years but got bored of it as it never flowered, just pushed up lots of pups all the time, so I dug it up...
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Post by derrick » Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:05 am

Mine the same Nathan just pups 10 no height no flower


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Post by B19bst » Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:44 am

I have a couple too. I find there slow growers and not hardy at all really.


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Post by ourarka » Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:43 am

Ditto - mine 'survives' but doesn't thrive. Frustrating as it takes so long to really put out some decent growth, that the frosts roll around again. This thread reminds me to think of an alternative use for it .... cos it's a nice, healthy plant.


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Post by Dave Brown » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:18 am

In sun Red Spider Mite, in shade Sulks, needs to be in very well drained soil, or roots rot. I have 2 but don't mention them as just about survive and never do much. :roll:

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Re: Chinese Yellow Bananas - Musella lasiocarpa anyone grow?

Post by cordyman » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:58 am

OK cheers guys, sounds like its not worth it, my Sikkimensis dies every year and regrows from a pup, so I think Musella would be a no go. Anyone tried straw cage method outside over winter to save the stem and get a head start on the following year?


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Post by derrick » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:43 am

Musella I keep dry all winter in a south facing not tried in a loft dry store .Did try them outside with protection both times rotted they did get wet outside .


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Post by multim » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:36 am

I did grow them some 10 years ago with the hope that they may be a smaller, hardy and more decorative alternative to Basjoo. Not to be, as these are not good 'do-ers'.
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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:47 pm

I've done a time lapse video of mine flowering.


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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:09 pm

One of my favourites....




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Re: Chinese Yellow Bananas - Musella lasiocarpa anyone grow?

Post by callin » Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:25 pm

cordyman wrote:OK cheers guys, sounds like its not worth it, I think Musella would be a no go.
Cordy did you watch Kris video.
In my eyes is definitely worth to grow it. icon_thumleft

Kris, beautyful video, beautyful music, fantastic flower, best ....thank you for your efforts.
What you have done to it to make it flower :?: :wink: , you keep it only inside icon_scratch , special fertiliser with high potasium content, may be? age?

I think this nana needs higher temperatures to thrive in UK.Greend house anyone try it?
In Romania during the summer it grows quite fast 1 leaf in 10 -12 days, full sun and temps from 25 to 35C.
In winter lost all the leaves though I bring it inside. In April or May it comes out and instantly start grow again if the temperatures are high enough.
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Re: Chinese Yellow Bananas - Musella lasiocarpa anyone grow?

Post by cordyman » Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:31 pm

What a video Kris! grand stuff icon_thumleft

Certainly unfolds an incredible amount of petals!

I'm going to try one next year then and protect it in situ with straw cage, then waterproof on top to keep dry, for better height the next year


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Post by miketropic » Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:59 pm

I would say there very worth it. I have had one a few years now..has about 12 pups at the moment and takes -13c without a problem. I cut it back after first frost throw a bag with a bit of straw in it over the top and its good all winter..maybe a flower next year.
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