Recovering Banana Plant

bod10June 25, 2010

Hello

I had a lovely Banana plant that was about 3 years old and planted outside in my garden for the first time last summer (summer 2009). It was really doing well and seemed very heathly, growing to about 4/5 foot tall.

However, we had a really harsh winter here in the UK, I did cut it back to about 1 foot and covered it carefully to protect it.

When I removed the covering this Spring time, the plant was black and gone soft, it was a sorry sight! I cut off the soft black parts of the stems as best I could and left it get some sun.

To my delight, out of each of two of the cut stem bases have shot a small green and black shoot which are slowly growing. The majority of the plant remains dead and black and is attracting flies.

My question is, should I try to cut away the large dead/black mouldy remains of the plant, from the live part, or leave it alone? I am concerned that the mould may somehow infect the small living part of the plant and kill it.

I could try to separate the live part and put it in a pot in a more sunny part of the garden to help it recover quicker.

You advice would be appreciated

thanks

D

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nancyanne_2010(Z 8 / WA)

I would cut them out and treat them like pups that were taken off a mother (which, essentially, they are) Pot them up and taking off as much as the dead material as possible

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 12:45AM
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christine1950

I agree with nancyanne

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 9:17AM
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