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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Oct 13, 2011 1:15 PM CST

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How old is the clump Tee? Do you have to provide winter protection?
Evan
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 13, 2011 1:46 PM CST
Evan, that clump is about 8 years old. It will die back in the winter. When Musa are young here, we mulch them with straw (8-12"). Some people cut them just ahead of a hard frost and mulch; others let them freeze to the ground, remove the mush, and then mulch. Some don't do anything. M. basjoo does very well here. We are zone 6b. Our coldest is usually single-digits but 0ยบ or below is not unheard of.

You'd almost swear you were in the Tropics looking at that, wouldn't you? Smiling
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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eclayne
Oct 13, 2011 3:35 PM CST

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Beautiful. I don't expect to ever have a clump like yours but they are a hoot to watch grow.

I bought my first Basjoo in '09 and it was 4' by fall. Cut off all but terminal leaf, dug and stored in basement. It turned to mush. Last year I bought another and a M. cavendish Nana. The basjoo pstem only grew to about 12" but over-wintered fine w/mulch. This year it only reached 12" again. I'm thinking just a weak plant. The Cavendish (4' pstem last year) I stored like a bulb and it and 3 pups did fair this yr., only 18 to 30"H. I bought a new basjoo at the CT flower show this spring and it's maybe 5' pstem, 7' overall now. I'll mulch like crazy and keep my fingers crossed.
Evan
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 13, 2011 3:40 PM CST
It does sound like that original M. basjoo was a weak plant. They should do better than that in your zone, I think. I'm interested to hear more about your Cavendish too.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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eclayne
Oct 13, 2011 3:49 PM CST

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Here's a pic of cavendish from early September last year. My mother agreed to provide scale.
Thumb of 2011-10-13/eclayne/73ad7a

This year it only reached half that size.
Evan
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 13, 2011 3:53 PM CST
Was this picture the first year you planted it?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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eclayne
Oct 13, 2011 4:17 PM CST

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Yes last year. Not nearly so well this year.
Evan
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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SongofJoy
Oct 13, 2011 4:20 PM CST
Hmmmmm... must think on that. Glare
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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