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Old 10-25-2020, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have a couple of plants that seem to have died back to the soil line. How in the world do you actually know for sure if the plants are dead, going to regrow the pstem or just just push out some pups instead of the original plant? How do you know when to give up and just throw the plant in the garbage dump?! Thanks in advance. In case anyone asks I might be posting some pictures for this thread...
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It doesn't come back for 2 years! .... Well may not. I have a potted plant that died back in 2018 and it didn't come back in 2019. But !!! I saw a couple of months ago a pup growing in that pot this year. Damn I wish I could remember which variety it was. I think it might be one of my VCs.


It only takes a very small piece of the corm or a root rhizome for a new pup to grow. I know, I just baby'd another plant thought 2 seasons of growth. It took off this year (3rd yr) and has 4 pups.



So don't throw any roots or corms away if any part of it is white.
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When the only thing left is a hole in the ground. Until then there is always the possibility of pups.
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It doesn't come back for 2 years! .... Well may not. I have a potted plant that died back in 2018 and it didn't come back in 2019. But !!! I saw a couple of months ago a pup growing in that pot this year. Damn I wish I could remember which variety it was. I think it might be one of my VCs.


It only takes a very small piece of the corm or a root rhizome for a new pup to grow. I know, I just baby'd another plant thought 2 seasons of growth. It took off this year (3rd yr) and has 4 pups.



So don't throw any roots or corms away if any part of it is white.
Makes sense! Itís interesting that you might only need a little teeny bit of a corm to get a pup! Never ceases to amaze me!

Come to think of it I think that already happened to me! I think I had overwatered these small dwarf cavendish plants and they died back. However, before too long at 1 to 2 pups came up to replace it! I guess I forgot!

Glad to hear your plant has started to grow again! Pretty cool! Yeah I donít know about you but I always hate losing a plant. Itís like losing a member of the family!


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OMG! Thatís hilarious! Cute idea to remind yourself not to give up on any plant! Iím going to make sure to always think that way from now on!

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See http://webebananas.com/culture.html and scroll about 3/4 of the way to the bottom to "Don't Give Up" for an assortment of pix.
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I have a couple of plants that seem to have died back to the soil line. How in the world do you actually know for sure if the plants are dead, going to regrow the pstem or just just push out some pups instead of the original plant? How do you know when to give up and just throw the plant in the garbage dump?! Thanks in advance. In case anyone asks I might be posting some pictures for this thread...

If the plant died back during the growing season, I would dig up the corm and inspect it for rot, insects, or what ever. It shouldn't have died back. .... But if the plant died back AFTER a freeze then I wouldn't worry too much. It should come back when the weather warms to above 50 - 60 degrees F. Just stop watering it until you see new growth in the spring
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I did check it out! Very interesting! At first I did skip to that section but then I decided to go ahead and read the whole thing! Iím quite impressed! Lots of information on everything to do with growing a banana tree! As a matter of a fact I went ahead and saved that site! Thanks so much for sharing that with me!
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If the plant died back during the growing season, I would dig up the corm and inspect it for rot, insects, or what ever. It shouldn't have died back. .... But if the plant died back AFTER a freeze then I wouldn't worry too much. It should come back when the weather warms to above 50 - 60 degrees F. Just stop watering it until you see new growth in the spring

You know what now that I think of it I do believe it die back right after I brought it in the house. You know for winter storage. So I might just have to dig it out and check it. It was a very small tissue culture plant. I mean little teeny tiny thing! Donít ask me what the variety was! I honestly donít remember! I just thought that since it was so small to begin with it wouldnít be able to grow back! I have hope now! So Iím genuinely looking forward to seeing it start to grow again! Thanks again for your help!
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