Originally Posted by tstewart1
I have a large grove of Bananas that has been growing for about 5-6 years now. Each winter we cut all of the plants to about 2ft in height. We will loose some of the stalks over winter but others will grow from the old stalks once it warms up. The grove keeps spreading every year but the center of the grove is now void of plants. Is there a way to get the center to grow again? Maybe like digging out the center and adding new dirt? It's to the point now where the center that doesn't have any plants is about 5 feet in diameter but all around it there are new plants sprouting up.
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Backstory...this Musa Basjoo mat in Northern Kentucky is 6 years old and was the original plant which would be in the center has expired and the pups have continued to spread out.
If you notice the center of the circle it has no new plants coming out of it, similar to your situation but on a smaller scale..
Many ornamental grasses die out in the center also, this a hint to divide the clump. Competition, lack of water and nutrients.
While your plants are dormant(now) just dig up some of the outside larger corms and plant them in the center..
Use larger( corms) plants if possible because the inside plants will have to compete with the bigger outside plants..
It is to your benefit to till or work the inside area where you will plant the new plants even freshen up the soil with soil amendments of your choice.
If there are old corms in the area just remove them and replace the soil or mulch them real good and mix them in the soil.
..This is a 20+ year banana producing mat.
The center has also died out similar to your situation.
This mat is unique to me(for observation) because it sits in a foot of standing water a few times a year due to a drainage berm.
The soil is 100% white beach sand also.
In fact this mat will still spread a few feet a year and has fruit hanging....all the time.
Mat in front of Port St. Lucie Nuke Power plant....up the street.
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