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Banana

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Question: 472-411
Can we grow bananas here in North Carolina, Harve, Hamptonville.

Mort's Answer:
Bananas like its relative Bird of Paradise will do well as houseplants. Musa cavendishi is a dwarf plant grown as an ornamental. Cavendish banana or Chinese banana can have as many as 200 fruit in a cluster. It has colorful brown bracts and yellowish white calyx. M.sapientum has five to ten foot leaves and fruit clusters of 100 bananas and can grow to 30 feet. It is not a recommended houseplant anywhere except in large greenhouses. These tropical plants will not grow outdoors in North Carolina, If you grow the Cavendish as a houseplant, they will like cooler temps in the fall and early winter,

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Question: 845-4412
I have mulched my banana and it has done well outside. There are a number of baby plants alongside the mother plant. How do I separate them from the main stem without hurting it? Scott, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
Be sure to take new sprouts that have some root on them. Use a very sharp knife to make a clean cut that goes straight down. Use six inch clay pots with good potting soil. A potting medium of one third sand will allow for god drainage. Pots should be taken indoors to assure regeneration. Be sure to cover the mother again this winter. The new plants can be put outdoors in the spring.

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Question: 1080-413
How can I prune my banana? It has a baby on the side. Katie

Mort's Answer:
As a house plant, it will need warm temps (near 80) to produce flowers and fruit. The large leaves require a lot of water. A plant will take 9-12 months to bear fruit. Cut off the Mother plant when the baby is two feet tall unless it has not flowered. It can sometimes take two years to have fruit. There are great miniature bananas like "Red Banana" that have beautiful foliage, if you are not up to waiting for fruit. Dwarf bananas have a lot of appeal.

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Question: 1364-3016
I have mulched my banana and it has done well outside. There are a number of baby plants alongside the mother plant. How do I separate them from the main stem without hurting it? Scott, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
Be sure to take new sprouts that have some root on them. Use a very sharp knife to make a clean cut that goes straight down. Use six inch clay pots with good potting soil. A potting medium of one third sand will allow for good drainage. Pots should be taken indoors to assure regeneration. Be sure to cover the mother again this winter. The new plants can be put outdoors in the spring.

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