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Name: Christine
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Christine
May 9, 2018 7:27 AM CST
I'm unable to split my zebrina this year, can I safely chop down a few and not kill off the entire plant? I over wintered her in my living room and she continued to grow. Thanks for any advice.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 9, 2018 10:08 AM CST
You can chop a few down but they will grow right back from the same stumps. You did a great job of keeping that alive indoors.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
May 9, 2018 10:15 AM CST
Thank You! Alice, I wasn't sure they would grow back 😉
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plantmanager
May 9, 2018 10:21 AM CST
If it were mine, I'd unpot it and split it into 2 sections to pot up separately. More plants to use, sell or give away.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 9, 2018 12:06 PM CST

Christine, it has been my experience that all bananas just continue to grow until they flower/fruit, a shoot will come up from the middle of the stump. I know you said you could not divide it this year but maybe you could get some help and follow Karen's advice. I would use an old bread knife to divide it.
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plantmanager
May 9, 2018 12:07 PM CST
Bread knives work great, but I've used saws and an ax to do it when we lived in the islands.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 9, 2018 12:18 PM CST
LOL,, yes on a large musa in the ground. Maybe a back hoe even Hilarious! but this one is in a pot. No big boy (or girl) tools needed.
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May 9, 2018 12:37 PM CST
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Christine
May 9, 2018 3:54 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing that would be very funny to see.Thank you all for you advice Thumbs up
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 12, 2018 8:28 AM CST
I have a potted Blood Banana (Musa acuminata 'Zebrina') but I'm not even sure if it's still alive because I left it at our other house when we moved. It would die back somewhat and look pretty pitiful during colder winters and when the weather warmed in spring, I would just cut off the ratty looking leaves .. new shoots would occasionally appear alongside the main stem.

Large plants would require some work to divide but since your plant is still small, it may not be a difficult task of splitting the underground rhizome.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
May 13, 2018 7:31 AM CST
I wish it were that easy for me to be able to split it, I have some major health issues which makes it impossible for me to do, I did ask my aide to help me so hopefully she and I can get it done, other wise it will have to stay in the same pot and I'll cut some down. She did so good last year and I'm hoping she'll do the same this year, here she is last summer in all her glory. Thank you all for your advice, I'll keep you posted nodding If it ever warms up, she may just make it out doors this year Rolling my eyes.


Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 13, 2018 7:47 AM CST
What a beautiful plant. Thumbs up
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Name: Christine
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Christine
May 13, 2018 8:16 AM CST
Thank You! Alice, she's one of my favorites
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 13, 2018 9:18 AM CST
It is a gorgeous plant, Christine! You've convinced me that I need to get another one. I haven't had them in years.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 13, 2018 10:28 AM CST
Christine, WOW ... great growing, that is a gorgeous plant! I hope you will add that photo to the database!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 13, 2018 10:52 AM CST
I agree You've done a great job, Christine.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
May 13, 2018 12:37 PM CST
Thank you so much Karen & Lin, my biggest challenge has been keeping her alive in my living room all winter with very little direct sun.
Karen you should get another one 😉
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 13, 2018 12:46 PM CST
It is hard for some of the plants in winter, but we make do and they do too!
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 13, 2018 1:39 PM CST
I think keeping that alive and looking so good in a typical home environment is amazing. Good job.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
May 22, 2018 7:19 AM CST
Just an update of what we managed to accomplish, we were able to cut away one clump and chop down a few, they both look a little naked but a few weeks out in the sun will change that. So here's Momma & Babies Hurray! Thank You all for your words of encouragement, and now I must buy a new serrated knife Rolling on the floor laughing
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