Tropicals forum: Crushed banana tree

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 13, 2017 2:19 PM CST
The critters have been active and using the banana tree as a stepping stone! Grumbling It's ugly but growing. We're a Long ways from frost temps. Should I cut it back to the ground?
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 13, 2017 2:58 PM CST
Oh darn, Cheryl. It looks pretty bad, so maybe the thing to do would be to chop it off and mulch it for winter. By next Spring it should recover.
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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Nov 13, 2017 9:01 PM CST
Agreed. Chop it off a little below the bent part. Give it some mulch, but first cover those exposed roots with a little soil. Those roots above the soil means that the corm is also at least partially exposed, and if that freezes, the whole thing is dead.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 13, 2017 10:12 PM CST
Got it. Thanks, guys! It is planted at the base of a tall Loblolly pine tree. It fights for water (though I take care of that) and now for root space. I might move it since I have ti cut it back.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Nov 14, 2017 9:34 AM CST
I would not move it now, its been through a lot of stress, leave it alone til Spring so it can re-coop from shock, if you move it now I'm sure it would die
Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 14, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Ok got it, @Christine I tip my hat to you.
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