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Old 03-28-2017, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Desuckering and Suckericides

Removing or killing suckers increases the maturation rate of the mother plant and improves fruit yield. See http://www.ijset.net/journal/253.pdf .

Usually the suckers are mechanically removed. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqdOSUYxNNQ


But, there are suckericides exported from India. See Banana Suckericide, Tobacco Suckericides, Sucker Control Desuckering.

Does anyone know where I can buy a small amount of suckericide, e.g., 4 oz.?
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Old 03-28-2017, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Removing or killing suckers increases the maturation rate of the mother plant and improves fruit yield. See http://www.ijset.net/journal/253.pdf .

Usually the suckers are mechanically removed. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqdOSUYxNNQ


But, there are suckericides exported from India. See Banana Suckericide, Tobacco Suckericides, Sucker Control Desuckering.

Does anyone know where I can buy a small amount of suckericide, e.g., 4 oz.?
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Not sure of this one's effect on bananas, I was going to test it on apples, etc. this season. You can find it at Ace Hardwares and probably other places. Bonide Sucker Punch - controls sprouts including verticals - ethyl 1 Napthaleneacetate -

Sometimes I put a drop or two of "Roundup" on suckers that are growing toward a narrow path - using glyphosate 41% straight. But I haven't paid close attention as to whether it worked.
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To remove suckers- cut them off close to the ground using the end of a knife cut out i.e.scoop out some of the growing tip i.e the centre ,if the sucker is no more than a hand's height, tip in to the prepared sucker a teaspoon of keroscene.
The kero. kills the sucker. I always use this method ,even for suckers that have been left to grow taller. If the sucker higher than a hand height, I use more kero. This method is easy.and wont harm the Mother plant

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Not sure of this one's effect on bananas, I was going to test it on apples, etc. this season. You can find it at Ace Hardwares and probably other places. Bonide Sucker Punch - controls sprouts including verticals - ethyl 1 Napthaleneacetate -

Sometimes I put a drop or two of "Roundup" on suckers that are growing toward a narrow path - using glyphosate 41% straight. But I haven't paid close attention as to whether it worked.
Thank you. I will look into Bonide Sucker Punch. I was thinking about injecting a glyphosate solution into the suckers using a hypodermic needle but only after severing the connection to the mother plant. The reason I don't remove the suckers is that they are well rooted in a pot and I want to not disturb the roots of the mother plant.
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Sometimes I put a drop or two of "Roundup" on suckers that are growing toward a narrow path - using glyphosate 41% straight. But I haven't paid close attention as to whether it worked.
To remove suckers- cut them off close to the ground using the end of a knife cut out i.e.scoop out some of the growing tip i.e the centre ,if the sucker is no more than a hand's height, tip in to the prepared sucker a teaspoon of keroscene.
The kero. kills the sucker. I always use this method ,even for suckers that have been left to grow taller. If the sucker higher than a hand height, I use more kero.[/quote]

I was also thinking about using a hand drill with , maybe, a 1/4" bit to remove the meristem of the sucker.

Anyway, I already severed the connections between the suckers and the mother plant and decapitated the suckers at the soil line. I will wait and see what happens. The suckers are still alive but, at least, they won't rob the mother plant of nutrients.
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I just ordered 8 oz. of Bonide Sucker Punch. First, I tried to locate a seller of the pure active ingredient but ethyl 1 Napthaleneacetate is one of the few plant growth regulators that are not sold on Ebay or aliexpress.com. Otherwise, I already have most plant growth regulators in my inventory, many from those sources.
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On applying Banana suckericide, reacts with banana base suckers arising nearby the mother plant. And eliminates suckers within 2-3 days and improves quality and quantity of banana fruit.

Using Super Banana Blast Suckericide labour cost decreases and growth of banana mother plant increases. Yield of banana fruit increases by 25% - 35%.*

No side effects on the Banana mother plant *and root zone level found. Thus Super Banana Blast Suckericide plays an important role in Banana plant growth




How to Apply Banana Suckericide

Keeping too many sucking plants will reduce yields. It is advisable to remove all suckers once the desired followers are*selected.

Cut the unwanted suckers / side shoots. *Four inch*above the field level horizontal arising near the mother banana plant.

After cutting the unwanted suckers / side shoots.

Now pierce the central part of the sucker with a sharpened pencil shape stick. So that *the sucker can hold just 2 - 3 drops of Super Banana Blast Suckericide at the top.

The treated suckers turns into brown/black in color.*Within*few days suckers / side shoots *will be no more in existence.



Recommendation dosage :*Banana Suckericide

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nah, you can keep your chemicals. manual removal for most hobby growers is not a big deal.
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