separating musa basjoo.

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separating musa basjoo.

Post by karl66 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:10 pm

My one mother is about 7ft tall & has about 8 pup's around the base!, the biggest is approx. 2ft. Today I have carefully tried to separate from mother plant, I've got quite a deep root but only on 3 sides as it was so close to main plant, I tried this a few year's ago with a pup about 9inches high but it died as it had little root :( , what are the chance's of this one transplanting or are they two much trouble to bother with?. karl.

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Re: separating musa basjoo.

Post by grub » Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:29 pm

I usually wait until they're about 18" tall before taking them off Karl, chop in close and take a bit of the mother corm too. Never fails...

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Re: separating musa basjoo.

Post by karl66 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:28 am

Thanks grub, I chopped in tight & got plenty of root but not any of the mother corm?, hopefully it will still take. karl.

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Re: separating musa basjoo.

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:37 am

If it has plenty of root then it should be ok. Just make sure you remove some of the leaves to balance out root to leaf. Drench with seaweed extract which is a growth accelerator. It works on leaves and roots, and will help it overcome the shock quicker :wink:
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Re: separating musa basjoo.

Post by Kristen » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:35 am

I'm just letting my Pups grow where they form ... is that going to look too crowded compared to separating them and planting somewhere nearby?

(Mine are M. sikkimensis, so I'm figuring if they are adjacent to the parent I can straw-cage them all-together for winter protection)

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Re: separating musa basjoo.

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:18 pm

A clump is more wind tolerant than a single stem, as the leaves can't get thrashed about as much. Sikki have a tendancy to snap the petiole rather than shred the leaf lamina.
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Re: separating musa basjoo.

Post by Kristen » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:58 pm

Thanks Dave, but they are in a very sheltered spot, so I doubt any problem with wind (the leaves are completely un-shredded <touch-wood!>)

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