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When do I "detach" the baby banana plants from its parents

The main plant is still very young, but it's dying, because of the heat last few weeks when we were away. It is only about 1 metre tall.

Submitted: 10:21PM, 03 Mar 2016
Answer: Hi Vincent,

Thank you for contacting us regarding separating banana. Bananas do multiply quickly and you can separate the pups to start a new plant. There are 2 types of pups, water suckers and sword suckers. Water suckers may have bigger leaves to start with but have very little roots attached, sword suckers have their own corm, and are better to separate from the mother corm. When it comes to the timing, it’s all about size, go with the one that’s at least 50cm tall would ensure a higher chance to survive. By saying that, all pups would slow done their growth rate once separated, extra nutrients have been used to develop more roots. Extra watering would help pup to re-establish new roots.

Hope this helps and happy gardening.

Best Regards,
Louise
Yates Horticulturalist

Answered: 05:43PM, 04 Mar 2016

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