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Old 09-05-2018, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default TS Gordon battered my bananas! Help!

Lots and lots of rain, but also some pretty strong winds. Not a catastrophe, but some pretty shredded leaves and leaning pseudostems. What do I do??

Stake up the bananas and support them til the roots regrow?

Cut down the big pseudostems and hope for lots of pups next year? (I'm starting my own backyard nursery, so a proliferation of pups won't be a bad thing)

Nothing? What will happen if I do nothing at all? Just have some leaning banana trees?

I'm sure in nature that bananas grow into a mat to protect themselves from strong winds. My intention was to manage my bananas by removing all pups except for two or three. Can I be proactive next time to protect my plants? Staking? Guy wires? Remove leaves before a storm to try to keep the pseudostems upright? Really appreciate all advice and suggestions. I'm sure many of you have dealt with tropical weather before. Check out this video of the damage

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Old 09-05-2018, 01:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: TS Gordon battered my bananas! Help!

My bananas took some damage too. Four newly emerging cigar leaves broke off, a couple of the larger older leaves collapsed/broke off and general shredding of leaves.

I will cut off the broken and collapsed older leaves. I will wait to see if the collapsed cigar leaves are still functioning and if they interfere with new emerging leaves before cutting them off.

On the positive side I found two flag leaves and those two trees look pretty good!

Your patch looks fine. I wouldn't do anything except re-plant the one that fell over. Maybe tamp the corns down with your foot a bit. I have stuff in my patch that leans as much or more prior to the storm than what you showed in the video. My bananas are planted on the north and east side of my yard and tend to stretch/lean to the southern/western sun a bit.
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Default Re: TS Gordon battered my bananas! Help!

They will be ok... I would probably prop up the one leaning bad, but the others are ok. They may need propping when they have a bunch on, though as they were weakened a little by this.
Do it quickly while the ground is still soft.
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Ok good, that is definitely relieving to know. I'll get everyone pointing skyward and hopefully no more strong wind the rest of this hurricane season
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Getting a lot of rain from it up here. The flood barriers are going up. The Mississippi River is at 14.7' projected to be 17.8' Wednesday. Major flood stage here is 18'. In 1993 we had 25.1' and in 2008 we had 25.73, that one closed our bridge.

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Don't over think this. Damaged leaves will take care of themselves. Plants that are uprooted should be replanted. Pseudostems that are bent/folded should be cut back below the fold. The rest will take care of itself if you are patient.
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