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Old 09-05-2010, 06:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Never Fruit = Huge Plant?

Question: If I dig the corm out of the ground ever few months and put it back again. Will this stop it from flowering?

I wanna get a banana plant to be super huge and super fat trunk with tons of leafs. I know the growth will stop when I dig it out. I was just thinking it would be cool to get some tall super fat dwarfs.
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Never Fruit = Huge Plant?

Nope it doesn't matter. In Germany a fellow dug up his ensete every year to bring it inside. It became huge. But last winter it started flowering, after he had cut all the leaves, in the middle of winter. His plant did became huge. It was six years old. Normally ensetes get big by themselves. It usually takes 4-6 years for them to flower. Unless they are under stress, then they might flower when they are younger and smaller. Just leave it in the ground for the best growth.

If you'd dig it up every few months you'll give the banana lots of stress and eventually it will stop growing and die.

I hope this helps.

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You'll slow down growth/flowering but you won't have a bigger plant. In fact it will take much longer to get big.
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You just have to pick a variety which naturally suits your liking. If you keep digging it up, it will not be happy and will grow very slow and stay small.
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