The Q&A Archives: Banana plant/tree pups

Question: I have a dwarf banana plant and it has produced two pups. I removed the pups from the mother and now the pups leaves look limpy and are dying. I cut back all leaves on 1 pup but I am not sure if this is the right thing to do. The other pup is larger and I have left it with all the limpy leaves. Should I cut this one back too?

Answer: It's normal for newly separated pups to look wilty. You didn't say, but I hope you took some roots along with the pups when you separated them from the parent plant. You can remove the oldest leaves to slow transpiration (water loss), but leave one or two of the newest leaves and plant the pup close to the surface of the soil. They will take several weeks to root, but once they do, you'll see new growth.

Best wishes with your new banana plants!

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