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Old 08-01-2007, 02:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have believed that the pseudostem will die after it once bore fruits.
But a reference book tells that if it is cut about 30cm above the level it will
sprout again from the same stem instead of using suckers for next
generations and this methods can be used for a few times.
Is that true?
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Old 08-01-2007, 03:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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no. if it it fruits that pseudostem will die when its done. it may have been refering to an non-fruiting pseudostem which will regrow from where it was cut instead of making suckers if it is far enough away from the corm.
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Hi Gabe15,
Thanks for your comment. I also have been thinking that way and so I was
surprised by the article on a book.
It says "after harvest of fruits the mother stem is to be cut down at the
height of 30~50cm from the level, then new sprout begins to grow and it
will bear fruits."

So I am trying to confirm banana growers whether it is true or not.
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Hi Gabe15,
Thanks for your comment. I also have been thinking that way and so I was
surprised by the article on a book.
It says "after harvest of fruits the mother stem is to be cut down at the
height of 30~50cm from the level, then new sprout begins to grow and it
will bear fruits."

So I am trying to confirm banana growers whether it is true or not.
I read that to be talking about a sucker coming in, not resprouting from the same pseudostem. True, it could be expressed better by the author, but I am pretty sure that is what they meant, otherwise they are dead wrong.

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Hi all,
I have confirmed a banana grower who told me that it is true that the mother
pseudostem resprouts from the place it is cut off in a height about 30~50cm
above the ground level even after banana fruits are harvested.

He at the same time said which one to use as a next generation it depends
on the situation whther he finds good sword suckers around there or the resprouted news leaves seem to be more vigorous than the suckers.

I think as normally sword suckers are vigorous than the resprouted young
leaves the fact that an old mother pseudostem resprouts has been forgotten
and neglected.
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Hi all,
I have confirmed a banana grower who told me that it is true that the mother
pseudostem resprouts from the place it is cut off in a height about 30~50cm
above the ground level even after banana fruits are harvested.

He at the same time said which one to use as a next generation it depends
on the situation whther he finds good sword suckers around there or the resprouted news leaves seem to be more vigorous than the suckers.

I think as normally sword suckers are vigorous than the resprouted young
leaves the fact that an old mother pseudostem resprouts has been forgotten
and neglected.
I think there must still be confusion here. It is rather impossible for the pseudostem that has already fruited to resprout, the meristem (the growth point) has already moved out of the pseudostem and would then be located within the male bud, there is nowhere else for it to grow from. You can try it if you like, but I wouldnt expect satisfying results.
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Gabe15,
You are also right.
I still suspect the credibility of what the banana grower has told me as I
until yesterday I had firmly believed the mother pstem dies after harvest
of fruits.
Anyway I will try this method in the coming fall when my bananas will be
harvested.
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You are also right.
He is dead on. The meristem as a source of leave primordia is destroyed with the act of flowering.

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Hi all,
As I was not conviced by what they wrote and said, I contacted them
through the publishier of the book, and the followings became clear:

1. We includeing me were right, and they were either wrong or inadequate.
2. What they meant that the mother stem would resprout was suckers from
the same corm. If so, they should have said "suckier" instead of "new
sprout).

Anyway funny thing must be verified by oneself!!
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