Tropicals forum: Splitting musa basjoo

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Everlastb
Jun 17, 2017 6:07 PM CST
Last year I planted a musa basjoo here in Ohio, zone 5b. I insulated it but not very well because the plant died. This spring about 8 pups came up in a small circle surrounding their deceased mother. They're growing like crazy but they're in a circle about a foot in diameter and kind of consuming each other. I've found plenty of threads about splitting away from the mother but am unsure how to proceed here. All pups are between 2 and 3 feet in height.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Jun 18, 2017 8:16 AM CST
They look great, RIP Mother plant Green Grin! I think you can carefully separate the pups, they are big enough. Dig around and try to remove the entire clump and water the clump good before you start to separate the root mass:welcome: This is a great forum
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Bubbles
Jun 18, 2017 9:36 AM CST

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I agree with Christine. Don't try to separate the pups without digging up the clump. Unfortunately, you can easily split the roots of the pup with the shovel if you try to "do it the easy way," and chop around the clump. Thumbs up

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