Answer: Sounds as though your green leaf banana is Ensete, an African native. Ensete usually flowers 2-5 years after being planted. The plant dies to the roots after flowering and most people dig and discard the plant, replacing it with a new specimen. It is possible, however, for new shoots to develop at the crown of the plant and generate a new plant. If that's what you intend to do, cut the remaining trunk down to ground level. New shoots should develop at ground level. Your red banana is Musa acuminata. While the plants look similar, Musa will produce fruit where Ensete won't. Musa will live after flowering, where Ensete won't. In fact, Musa can die down to the ground if hit by frost and it will regrow - at a very fast rate. Hope the above information sheds some light on the topic!
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