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Hi everyone, I have some questions about some bare root bananas I put in about 5 weeks ago. Each plant was 6-8 feet tall, and I planted them in straight manure. When I planted them each one had the beginning of a raggedy leaf coming out the top, and I expected each of them to leaf out the top pretty quickly. Theyíve been in the ground for about 5 weeks now, and itís been interesting watching them grow. None of them has a full leaf yet although one is close, and another would have had one but it snapped off in a storm a couple of weeks ago. One of them has sprouted a pup thatís about 3 feet tall, and one of them sprouted what I want to call a pup but it actually burst out the side of the main trunk at the base. The main trunk is now wobbly and Iím wondering if I ought to take it off and let the new baby (which is about 3.5 ft tall) be the tree, or will the tall trunk still push out leaves at the top? Itís about 7 feet tall. I have a photo, Iíll see if I can figure out how to get it in the gallery. Thanks for any help!
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I don't believe what you describe to be a pup, rather it sounds like a choke. Search for that on here and see what you can find.. I believe you can take some steps to save the plant, but I don't have the expertise myself to walk you through it. Also, planting in uncomposted manure can cause some issues as well. I assume you are talking about composted manure, but not sure as you didn't specify. There are many smart people on here, im sure someone has some answers for you!
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Just let them be. They will figure it out.
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Thank you for your replies - yes, I used manure I purchased at Home Depot, I assume it's composted. I believe they're healthy because I can see that they're growing roots and I should take the advice of the second post and just leave them alone On the one that you called a "choke" my concern is that if the larger trunk falls over it might break the smaller one off too. Also, if the taller one isn't going to go anywhere would it be better just to take it off so the plant can spend more energy growing the little one? I'll do as you suggested and just sit back and watch for a while - at least they're actually doing something now, the first few weeks were frustrating as I expected them to grow quickly up top but they were doing all of their work underground
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