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Lady finger banana transplanting

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Rogerthatjoe 1 starts with ...
Hi there,

I’m new here, first post.

I have a small lady finger banana plant that friend wanted removed. The original plant was cut down by and this is the regrowth.

I tried to get as much root as possible, but I’ve had shoulder surgery a few months ago, so was trying my best to get as much root as possible.

I’ve had it sitting in a jug of water for two days and wanted to get some tips on whether I need to undertake any special care like allowing the root to dry up or dressing the main tap root wound with antifungal/insecticidal treatment or potash.

I did yank on the stalk a little too with both hands for a few seconds, though I don’t think I squeezed hard enough to cause too much damage to the internal stalk.


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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Jesse

You don't need any special treatment to your banana corm wounds. Bananas are very tough and forgiving herbs. What they hate is being left to dry, frost , windy sites and planted alone in an exposed area. If you are planning to plant it in the ground avoid frosty and windy sites. Situate your nana together with other plants for wind protection and dappled shade.
When planting add plenty of compost , aged manure and a handful of lime to the local soil. Water in well and mulch copiously around your nana. Remove most of the leaves before planting to let it concentrate in building a strong root system and avoid water evaporation from the plant through the leaves. Water regularly and don't let it completely dry out.
Happy Gardening :-)
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brad16 says...
Hi Jesse,

Banana plants come back well. I'm not a banana professional but I had a dozen or so in my orchard until last Spring.
Winter 2017 was very dry. Virtually no rain for 3 months or so and I did my best to be able to keep enough water up to my orchard just to keep it alive.
Unfortunately the vegetation in the surrounding area completely dried out and my orchard became food for the wildlife.
Every single banana tree was eaten to the ground. They wouldn't have been taller than 1 metre, but there wasn't any sign of them left until I noticed the root crown of one of them.
I gave that one a little water on my rounds and it came back like it never happened. Another one came back once it started to rain again, but the rest were all lost.
So from this, I'd say that you don't need the leaves or stem, and don't let the roots dry out. Maybe if I had given the others water, more may have come back.
I'd cut off the bit with roots and pot it. Keep it moist and warm and wait.
Also bananas are propagated by tissue culture. Someone in the banana business may say this is a dumb suggestion, but if that was my plant, I'd also try potting a piece of the white stem base as an experiment and put it on the kitchen window sill so I'll see it all the time. If I notice growth from it one morning while getting breakfast, I'd be floating on air with joy and amazement. What's to lose?

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Farouk says...
Hi Jesse,

You have plenty of root on that cutting,
I took 4 lady finger plants from mums last summer & sat them in a bucket of rain water upright for around a month went on holidays and back they were growing strong & happy, some roots developed & healing too on cuts.

I then planted them in a good dug up area of soil added manure cow/horse & put in some volcanic rock dust plenty of water daily under the sugar cane bush growing very well now with pups of their own the very next summer.

Also not sure if this had any effect, the cuttings I put in water also had some of the original soil in the water from the place they were cut from.
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