Outsmarted myself

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  1. soccerdad

    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    I have an Abyssinian banana that grew from 1.5' to 6' this summer.

    Rather than go through all the complicated-to-my-small-brain over-wintering steps, I decided to put it in my recently constructed greenhouse.

    Alas the ceiling is only 8' tall and I suddenly realize that within a month the banana will reach that height.

    I assume that my only option at that time will be to chop it at say 2' height and watch it grow again, hopefully not reaching 8' again until the Spring when I can move it back outdoors. Or does anyone have another idea?
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Any other sprouts coming from the rootstock?
     
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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    My ignorance is too extreme for me to be sure that I understand your question, but there is what is presumably a new leaf (maybe they aren't really leaves?), curled up and hence resembling a tube, emerging from the center and growing upwards.

    Nothing new is emerging from the soil, though.
     
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    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Have you visited www.bananas.org ? There's plenty of reference already on this subject if you surf the threads.

    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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    Charles Richard Active Member 10 Years

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    Hello Soccerdad,
    I know that when I had one a couple of summers ago, it grew to atleast 8' and
    as Barrie about previous forums, I had alot of questions as you do now.
    I had learned that the Abyssinian Banana does not grow new pups as does the
    hardy banana. Do not cut it down as it will not regrow. I brought mine in
    and it made it through the first winter. Next winter I think I over watered it.
    Hope this helps,
     
  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Would someone be willing to write a summary of bananas.org and post it to the "Other Forums" resource area?
     

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