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Separating Pups Required?

Posted by Elbourne 9 (My Page) on
Fri, May 25, 12 at 13:33

My Dad gave me four banana plants last year. I planted them at work, outside my office window. I hate to admit to this forum that I totally neglected them, no fertilizer, no water, no attention at all; but they seem to be doing fine, albeit much shorter than the parents. I think this year I may try to take better care of them. I just noticed that they all have pups growing out the sides. My question is, do I NEED to separate the new plants or will they do just fine growing in place?

btw,I am in zone 9 on the Mississippi gulf coast.

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RE: Separating Pups Required?

  • Posted by mksmth oklahoma 7a (My Page) on
    Tue, May 29, 12 at 11:02

As long as they have enough room to spread they will be just fine.

RE: Separating Pups Required?

As far as I know,there are no banana elves that remove pups in the wild, so it is probably completely natural to leave them. ;-)

RE: Separating Pups Required?

Pups will rob from the mother, so it would be better to remove them. Leave one, to carry on after fruiting, or continue with your program of neglect. Either way it should be fine.

Banana Elves do exist, the Pineapple Fairies told me so.

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