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Monday, August 1, 2011

A banana plant grows in Dexter

Musa basjoo is its name, and although it's not the edible banana of commerce, it's darn close. When the homeowners first planted it, they made sure to apply a thick bed of mulch before the onset of winter. Now they don't even bother -- it's perfectly content tucked into a south-west-facing corner of the house where it receives full sun year-round.

By the end of the summer, the leaves extend well above the roof line. I don't believe it has ever flowered -- it would need a longer growing season than that of Michigan.

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