Musa "Mekong Giant"

Somerset77

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by Somerset77 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:18 pm

flounder wrote:I've joined the mekong owners club icon_thumleft
It's the one from Simon in the half price, no postage sale. Apparently it arrived a week or so ago but was part of another order for my nephews father in law. just waiting for my nephew to drop it over......we don't rush things in my family :D

I would have joined the club too, but I was told by Simon that all the Mekong's ordered for this year had died so had to replace it! icon_scratch icon_scratch :evil:

flounder

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by flounder » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:39 pm

My membership has been withdrawn.
My nephew brought the plant over and it's a sikkimensis red tiger :cry:
I'm not bitterly disappointed, just disappointed. Still, I was going to get a red tiger after losing mine

flounder

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by flounder » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:41 pm

Right, if someone would pot up a pup, overwinter it then I'll buy it off you next spring. Thanks icon_thumleft

GREVILLE

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by GREVILLE » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:31 pm

Mine now seems to be motoring. If this growth continues I might even get pups. icon_salut icon_salut

Kristen

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by Kristen » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:31 am

flounder wrote:Right, if someone would pot up a pup, overwinter it then I'll buy it off you next spring. Thanks icon_thumleft
If I get a pup off mine you can HAVE it. Pls don't hold your breath though ...

Mr List

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by Mr List » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:28 am

the rhizome nanas seem much worse for growing over here with out cooler summers, taking much longer to get big enough to pup/produce enough rhizome to come back after winter.

noticed something sticking up out of the plants yesterday and realised it was the Mekong giant, looks like it has started to put on a bit of growth just this past week.

GREVILLE

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by GREVILLE » Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:01 pm

If this requires more heat than other nanas, keeping this inside the greenhouse during this heatwave seems to be the trigger it needed. I've not long repotted it despite still having an inadequate root system and now the p-stem is rigid in the pot and roots have already come through the bottom of the pot.

This is now the same size as M. sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger' which last week was double the size of its neighbour. Will it be twice the tiger next week?

miketropic

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by miketropic » Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:26 pm

I needed some height in the middle of the back border so I went and got another one..about 7ft tall and stuck it in there. both mine are doing as well as ever but I think everyone is right, they require alot of heat. I think there cold hardiness is unmatched but it takes some hot sun to trigger them. I still have no pups but one I gave away last fall has sent out a pup about 2 ft from the mother plant.

Mr List

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by Mr List » Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:58 pm

over here I think they need to be much more established than a basjoo to have the same level of hardiness,

basjoo can comeback from the tiniest bit of corm but Mekong doesn't seem to comeback from the same corm so if it hasn't developed a rhizome system it will just die

pdid

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by pdid » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:59 pm

I've put mine back outside but it's staying in its pot and has continued to grow. I now have two pups too icon_cheers

Mr List

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by Mr List » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:30 pm

pics!

pdid

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by pdid » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:49 am

A few quick phone pics
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Mr List

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by Mr List » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:04 am

have you had a look in the pot under the surface to see what is gong on down there?

I was under the impression they didn't pup so close to the main pstem.

pdid

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by pdid » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:51 am

Mr List wrote:have you had a look in the pot under the surface to see what is gong on down there?

I was under the impression they didn't pup so close to the main pstem.
I haven't but I would think they just got to the edge of the pot and went up. Will look later.

pdid

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Post by pdid » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:07 am

Soil excavated. I'm wondering if it sustained some damage over winter which has caused this but it's motoring away now icon_scratch

The bigger of the two pups comes from deeper down the rhizome. When I dug it up I also potted it deeper than when it was in the ground.
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