Propagation of bananas

sunny43(Z 6 Pa.)August 27, 2006

How do you propagate Musa velutina and ZebrinaƂ, Rojo, Blood Banana? Do they sucker?

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kgbenson(z7, SC)

They will sucker and produce seeds. Either will do.

Keith

    Bookmark   August 28, 2006 at 10:17PM
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sunny43(Z 6 Pa.)

Thanks Keith that is just what I needed to know.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2006 at 10:37AM
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kgbenson(z7, SC)

FWiW the seeds can take quite a while to come up. I would go for the suckers.

Keith

    Bookmark   August 31, 2006 at 4:27PM
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rhizophora(8)

Hello, My musa acuminata x zebrina (bananarama) produced 1 sucker this year. I pulled it out and the sucker snapped. So I took the top half of the sucker and treated it like a cutting. Could it regenerate?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 5:22PM
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hotzcatz(Hamakua, Hawaii)

I don't think so, but you may as well try it anyway. Let us know if it works!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 9:56PM
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rsieminski(9b)

No, the tops will not root. It's the corm, the root, that is really the plant. Cut the corm from the mother, let it dry up on the end, replant, and it will grow a new plant, even if the top has been removed.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 8:47PM
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rhizophora(8)

Thanks. Will I have to destroy my current plant?

    Bookmark   October 21, 2006 at 4:38PM
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shiollie(z5 MI)

No, you will need a very sharp clean knife, take the mother out of its pot and wash the soil away so you can see the corm, and simply cut the new plant off but be sure to leave enough roots on it to survive and then just replant both.
you dont say where you live but if it is somewhere that is going into winter, I would not do it now.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 11:25AM
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gw:banana-grower

try a red rowe they grow faster and taller and give many pups.

Here is a link that might be useful: banana growing info

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 9:35PM
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