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Old 02-27-2012, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just unwrapped my bananas here in Dallas, TX, and took away the frost cloth. It is spring like conditions and I am afraid it would hurt if they were wrapped any longer.
After I did that I saw that to varying degree they have some mushy tissue, kind of rot but not quite.
I cut away some of it but some plants like the Saba it looks kind of dead but feels really firm so I left most in place. I have an example of how much I trimmed my Icecream. The p-stems in the garage are still waiting to get planted and if I see something mushy I cut it off directly so they are all in good shape.
Question is the once outside that have started growing again, how much should I trim them?

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Old 02-27-2012, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Generally rot is dark brown. It MUST be removed. Once you have seen it, you will always know what it looks like.
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Based on my pic does it look like it ?
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based on the pic unless you've already done it, it looks fine ready to go!
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Default Re: How much to trim?

Thanks for the feedback. I removed anything black. Now it is just some light brownish stuff left as per the picture. Some is firm and some is a bit mushy. The bananas mostly have really started growing.
Do I remove the firm brown stuff or the mushy stuff or is that something the banana will deal with on its own and just shed those leaves eventually?
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