Tropicals forum: Unintentional banana propagation, discarded banana trunk propagated itself.

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purpleinopp
Jun 9, 2017 2:30 PM CST
Imagine my surprise when I noticed this today! I wondered, "Did I put an elephant ear here? It's too shady for banana... and I would never even try to dig a hole that size directly adjacent to the base of a big tree... what is it...?"
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I bent down and realized it's a new banana trunk growing from an old one from last year that was cut down and put here to help kill grass by rotting there while it helps hold down some cardboard.

...so I guess one could use at least the base of those trunks to make more plants when frost ruins the leaves, instead of completely composting. Go figure...
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Jun 10, 2017 6:17 AM CST
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Jun 10, 2017 8:56 AM CST
purpleinopp said:

...so I guess one could use at least the base of those trunks to make more plants when frost ruins the leaves, instead of completely composting. Go figure...


Yes, I agree. The tops probably provide insulation for the roots after a freeze. Cannas have the same habit. As long as the ground wouldn't freeze deeply your bananas will be fine. In this area some folks actually see bananas (fruit) after a mild winter when the plants are on a sheltered side of the house.

I frequently scavenge my compost pile for volunteers of discarded plants. Hurray! Hurray!

Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

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