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Re: musa basjoo

Hi James

James clay is just the wrong soil for bananas. They like water but not soggy heavy soils. They are just like Hibs or most popular tropicals...light well drained soils and if possible they should have at least 20% vermiculite or similar. I can go out to my backyard and see the difference between those that are nearest the clay of my backyard and those that are higher with the soil I brought it. There is at least a 10' difference.

----- Original Message ----- From: "James R. Fisher" <garrideb@well.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 5:39 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] musa basjoo

Daryl wrote:
Thanks. I normally cut off the dead/frozen/rotting stuff and hope for the
best. I didn't know whether a tall growing tip at the end of summer might
make a difference. My Musa basjoo have been superb this year- 20' tall or
more, with beautiful, wide green leaves . Or, I should say that's the way
they *were.

   I've seen 'gardening in pure clay' in some of your questions/responses.
Do your M. basjoo grow in this 'pure clay', or to you have to amend it
with something(s) ? I have the same curse.
David: What say you about this growing question ?
Jim Fisher
Vienna, Virginia USA
38.9 N 77.2 W
USDA Zone 7
Max. 95 F [36 C], Min. 10 F [-12 C]

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