Leaning Musas

gcmastiffs(z10 Florida)November 22, 2006

What is the best way to support a Banana plant that is leaning over and appears to be in danger of snapping off at the base? Several of my tallest, and some of my largest caliper plants have me worried. We get lots of wind here, and I suspect that and soft, rich soil are to blame.

How do I prop them up without damaging them? Do you use a sling-type support to go around the pseudostem? I think just using bare wood against them would cause lacerations?

I have lots of the black mesh support used for staking other types of trees, but I think it will cut Banana trees in half.

Rubber tire type padding?

Lisa

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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

They are fairly forgiving. The important thing is to support them at the top, not the middle, esp if you have a lot of wind. If they are well rooted, leaning is not usually a problem till they have the weight of fruit hanging on the end of the trunk. At that point, a prop under the top of the banana stalk (stem) works best.

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