What To Do With The Oldest Leaves On A Red Leaved Banana - Knowledgebase Question

San Marcos, CA
Question by jeannie_inca
July 27, 2002
My red leaved banana's oldest leaves are turning yellow and brown and have some holes and tears. Should they be cut off? If so, should they be cut off below the ground surface, several inches above ground, or at what level?

Thank you!

Answer from NGA
July 27, 2002


You can cut away the older, yellowing leaves, just above the soil level. Your banana tree probably looks like a low-growing shrub now, but as it matures it will develop a trunklike stem, eventually reaching 12-20' in height. Trimming away the older leaves will keep your banana tree looking neat and attractive.

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