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by musa_monkey
Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Mush i need your help please :-)
Replies: 5
Views: 299

Re: Mush i need your help please :-)

Nice plant named after Phil Rowe the most successful breeder of new banana species in history. Its basically a modified Sumatrana Zebrina so not at all hardy in UK terms. There is some interesting info on hardiness zones here for the US and UK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardiness_zone but i would ...
by musa_monkey
Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Sikkimensis Red Tiger VS Musa Basjoo - speed of growth
Replies: 8
Views: 890

Re: Sikkimensis not far off Musa Musa basjoo - speed of grow

Interesting, i have never had a Sikki or any hybrids of it i have tried to date to outgrow or outpup any of my basjoos. It will be interesting to see how my Sikkimensis Gigantea grows on next year.
by musa_monkey
Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Advice needed please
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: Advice needed please

It needs light as well as heat, how much light is it getting ?
by musa_monkey
Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Sikkimensis red overwintering advice?
Replies: 21
Views: 1148

Re: Sikkimensis red overwintering advice?

I was thinking roof insulation and bin bags Arlon style. But that may not be good enough. If I were to dig up and bring indoors can I cut all the leaves back like Ensete but keep it watered and growing slowly as such? If you are going to bring it in and its the only one you have don't cut all the l...
by musa_monkey
Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: potted trex winter advice
Replies: 15
Views: 754

Re: potted trex winter advice

Mine is about 5 ft with twin stem in a large pot. I remove most of the foliage before storing in the greenhouse. I do this mainly for space but figure it defoliates anyway so its not a problem. I prefer to keep it in the greenhouse over winter as its maintained at a minimum of circa 5c so it gets a ...
by musa_monkey
Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Musa pups ok for garage or too small
Replies: 25
Views: 1478

Re: Musa pups ok for garage or too small

Looks like its sitting on a can of dog food, that's a new way of feeding it :lol: Yes that's the sort of thing. I use a few standard size gravel trays and find i can get two 5 litre pots in each one. As regards growing on over winter, i do this very rarely but will be doing it this year with a coupl...
by musa_monkey
Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:17 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: frosty morning.
Replies: 74
Views: 1813

Re: frosty morning.

Frost here this morning to; looked out the window at 7.30 the ground was white.
and there was me thinking i put stuff away early last week :roll:
Still some plants to get under cover, will finish off today.
by musa_monkey
Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Musa pups ok for garage or too small
Replies: 25
Views: 1478

Re: e: Musa pups ok for garage or too small

I got one musa indoors , was thinking of leaving all winter, will it keep growing if given water and light. I know dry air is not good for it? It has some pups growing, will these grow as well and be in good size for new plants in spring. OR Will it do more damage than good if when take out next sp...
by musa_monkey
Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Compost corner
Replies: 15
Views: 544

Re: Compost corner

Hang on a minute........... icon_scratch A compost heap gets hot due to micro organisms and worms munching away at the waste. The micro organisms need heat to kick them into action and a constant level of background heat to maintain their momentum. Wormeries are similar. So it seems to me that in th...
by musa_monkey
Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Musa basjoo overwintering indoors - dark/ight? water/no wate
Replies: 11
Views: 990

Re: Musa basjoo overwintering indoors - dark/ight? water/no

Mr List wrote:sweet :)

do you leave the leaves on or remove?
That size i leave them on, they are small to start with and will die back in time as the temps drop.
by musa_monkey
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Musa basjoo overwintering indoors - dark/ight? water/no wate
Replies: 11
Views: 990

Re: Musa basjoo overwintering indoors - dark/ight? water/no

dinky ones? i have one about 18" tall and one about 8" tall both are growing new leaves but havent filled there little pots with roots yet but there is new root growth going on. The smallest ones i stored last year were about 4" to 12" tall and all had some root structure. I chopped them off the mo...
by musa_monkey
Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:10 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Musa pups ok for garage or too small
Replies: 25
Views: 1478

Re: Musa pups ok for garage or too small

Hello I am going to leave my nanas in their current pots. Going to bring them indoors Thursday or Friday. My pots have 50/50 perlite mix. Still do not know if they should be in darkness or should I uncover the windows in the garage? Thanks in advance Some light would be beneficial but not absolutel...
by musa_monkey
Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Musa pups ok for garage or too small
Replies: 25
Views: 1478

Re: Musa pups ok for garage or too small

Thanks. A could my big musa are in large pots, can they be taken out and put into smaller pots? What is the time to bring in , would it be less than 10c day and night! Yes they could if you are tight on space. Some of mine are in 0.5m diameter pots and i just bring them in the garage and leave them...
by musa_monkey
Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: When to start storing musas for winter,is this too early
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: When to start storing musas for winter,is this too early

I put most of mine away last week end, mainly due to limited time but i generally aim for mid to late October to get them into storage. Have a look at the thread here; http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=111&t=13623 Its not the only way to over winter ensete but its one i have been...
by musa_monkey
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:54 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Musa basjoo overwintering indoors - dark/ight? water/no wate
Replies: 11
Views: 990

Re: Musa basjoo overwintering indoors - dark/ight? water/no

Mr List wrote:i am curious if pups need to be kept growing or if you can stick them in the cellar/garage in the dark.?
You can leave them in the garage / dark and they will start into growth in the spring.