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west glamorgan, United Kingdom Gb

im quite new to gardening and have rescued lots of dying plants from garden centers, this has become quite addictive to me since they have all come great. i recently rescued some ethiopian banana plants that looked really sad but they didnt have any information cards in the pots, i got home and googled them and to my surprise learned that they grow huge! can i grow them in large containers to restrict their size or will this harm them??




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just leave it be and a new psuedostem will redevelop from that same center section; bananas are survivalists, they are a very resilient plant, but to get fruit, you do have to follow a few guidelines; copious watering, lots of fertilizer, and hopefully mother nature will help with getting you through a frostfree winter (otherwise the 14 month period needed to break a bunch, is rewound to start). The plant will send up pups also, and you should only allow 3 or 4 to develop from the corm (underground root system), the rest should be cut out before they develop; this allows the corm to put all of its energy into developing the existing plants, therefore giving you a much better chance at fruit production....so worry not my gardening friend! be happy and let mother nature take charge...

7 Jul, 2008

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