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dwarf cavendish dying?

Posted by semajic ozarks z6 (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 15, 07 at 16:35

My dwarf cavendish is in the greenhouse and has produced it's first bunch of banana's. It produced abut 7 hands of 6 bananas each (approx.) The pod than died with only half of it in bananas. Now the tree looks as if it is dying.
Do the trees die after they produce? Is there a solution to the pod dying half way through producing?
Thanks, James


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RE: dwarf cavendish dying?

Yes. A banana plant (tree) dies after it produces fruit, some quicker than others. But have no fear. If it hasn't already, the rhizome of the mother plant should produce pups. That's where you want to focus now.

-Ray


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RE: dwarf cavendish dying?

What to do with it now? Do we cut it down? If so how? like to the dirt level or below? It lives in a greenhouse full of orchids.
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RE: dwarf cavendish dying?

Cut down the stem that produced the bananas. Soil level is fine, no need to go deeper and risk damaging what's below. What ever sticks above will just turn brown and dead. The root structure called the corm will send up new shoots, if it hasn't already.


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