Ae Ae Banana---HELP!
I have a huge Ae Ae banana in my greenhouse. Its fully mature. The trunk is over 10 ft. The leaves are 6-7 ft long and about 2 ft wide. The ceiling of my greenhouse is 20 ft at the gable. AT the point where this banana grows iis on the downslope, ceiling height is probably 17-18 ft. The leaves hit the ceiling and bend. This banana has seemingly never even considered pupping.
It has, quite simply, overgrown its alloted space. All of its impact is being lost. You only see the underside of the leaves. You can tell its an Ae Ae, but it doesn't have that "WOW" factor.
I want to know which might be the best course of action.
#1--Should I LOP IT OFF about half way up and let if leaf back out at a smaller stature?
#2--should I completely remove it from the greenhouse and plant it out in the yard? I live in far South zone 8B, on the cusp of zone 9A. I have a ton of other types of bananas growing out in the . They all make it through yard every winter and have for years and years. I know I have heard of the Ae Ae being grown outside in my zone. I have always pampered it because it is somewhat rare, hard to obtain and expensive, and particularily because it was a gift from a friend, but I would like it to make more of an impact.
WHat's the best course of action?????