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Should I cut off some banana leaves before flowering?

I'm not sure if what you've been told is entirely true - what is true is that the new leaves and fruiting stems emerge from the centre of the plant, pushing their way up through existing leaves, so ...
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How to use banana peel as a fertilizer?

Putting it on the compost gets my vote every time. In the research you did, you probably discovered that banana peels contribute primarily potassium, with only small amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus ...
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Banana transplant not looking too good...help? water? light?

I'm concerned about the size of pot too, and it looks as if not all the potting medium has been watered properly, some looks very dry, some damp. Because of that, its hard to say whether the plant is ...
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Will my Blue Java Banana plant recover after splitting in two?

A picture would help, perhaps! Also, If you see suckers growing by the foot of the tree (technically it's a herb), the suckers can be propagated or left as it is to grow into mature tree. What is the ...
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Are my bananas safe to eat after being flooded by Harvey?

Pathogenic e-coli are known to be able to reach the tissue of some vegetable plants which is why it's not recommended to use raw manure as a fertiliser, but I'm not aware that anyone has ever detected ...
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Are bananas male/female and which ones will contain seed?

Banana trees have male and female flowers, on the same plant. Many vegetables and fruits plants are polyploid: this is a "genetic defect" which produces additional copies of chromosomes. More copies ...
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Is this some kind of banana

It seems to be Hedychium gardnerianum or Kahili ginger, originally from the Himalayas. Here an example on wiki. It is not a banana, it is actually a member of the ginger family Zingiberaceae. It is ...
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Why should I cut my indoor banana plant down to soil level?

The banana is the tropical equivalent of herbaceous perennials in the temperate regions. Their normal pattern of growth is to fire up vigorously during the vegetative phase, produce flowers and fruit/...
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Cutting banana tree without harming it

The banana plant forms a stem which is actually a pseudo bulb made up of old leaves and in nature it matures, flowers, fruits and dies back to the underground rhizome which keeps making new stems. ...
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Can I overwinter a banana tree on an unheated sun porch?

On the assumption you mean 30 deg F and not 30 deg C (which would make leaving your banana outdoors impossible), I think a little more insulation round the pot and possibly over the banana plant ...
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How to use banana peel as a fertilizer?

If I see a plant that is fruiting, and could do with a bit of potassium, then I'll take any banana peels that we have, blend it with some water (any stick blender), and then pour it around the roots. ...
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Over wintering banana trees inside the house in USDA zone 5

Where do you live? How long have you had these plants? How long have they been planted in your garden? To move them now if they are not root pruned and acclimated to the indoors will be risky. ...
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How to properly remove Dead Banana tree leaves

Without more input from you the best advice would be to cut the leaf off at the trunk. Do not pull or strip. Please send a photo or at least some sort of response...
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What's wrong with my banana tree?

My suggestion for the reason would be nothing more complicated than a pot too small, poor soil and irregular watering. You might like to read up on a feature of the Bahamas called "banana holes" which ...
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Will banana tree grow fruit more than once?

Banana trees/plants grow differently from trees, as they are large herbaceous plants (genus Musa) . The upright part that seems like a trunk consists of the bases of their leaf stalks/petioles, which ...
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How to introduce an overwintered banana tree back outside for the summer

Hydrate the soil immediately and introduce it back into sunlight similarly to new seedlings Finally getting water will not shock the plant; it needs it if it's going to be getting sunlight again. If ...
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How to insulate banana tree during winter

We live in Indiana. It can get 20 below. Our trees are out all year and triple the next. We don't cut the leaves. Let them brown and they will fall and insulate your plants. If you cut them before ...
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Will this banana tree grow in pot?

It will likely require a very large pot to grow fruit. When I have had bananas produce fruit , the plant has been over 12 feet tall.
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Why is there this white spot on this banana tree?

It may be powder mold, If it's mold, mildew, fungus, you need a good fungicide, I'd recommend a metal based one. In a pinch, cinnamon will knock it back..
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Banana taking very long time to grow

I have bananas. Gran Naine (Chiquita). 2-4 inches seems remarkably slow to me for growth. I would check the soil pH first. Like citrus, bananas like 5.5-6.5 of well-draining soil. If it's too wet, or ...
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Banana taking very long time to grow

It may depend on where you are. In E TX , zone 8, they grew almost a foot per month ( in summer). Although I had small stalks of small bananas , We never had the 14 months of warm (or not cold), ...
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Banana plant leave stems broken, cut off completely or splint it?

I grew banana plants from a (free) root again this winter. Got 6 pups (sprouts). When the leaves overgrew my growth chamber, about 3 feet, I cut them down to within a few inches of the ground. It is ...
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Are my bananas safe to eat after being flooded by Harvey?

I would not be concerned about the bacteria absorbed by the plant but rather any solvents, petroleum or heavy metal contamination that might have occurred in the water and then absorbed into the plant....
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Concerned about wintering a potted banana tree

The center will continue to grow after you cut it back. I cut mine to about 6" tall and pot them up. Them I have to keep trimming back or they get to be an inside jungle quite quickly.Remember ...
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Are bananas male/female and which ones will contain seed?

I just want to add those little tiny black dots inside store bought varieties are seeds, I scooped some out and planted them in a pot , it took months of watering but I now have a banana plant. Mind ...
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