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Old 07-04-2014, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gopher ate my red banana tree

Woke up this morning and noticed my banana tree was leaning and when I looked at it I found that a gopher had munched 90% of the way through its base. There is only one small root left. I read a few posts and have replanted the 3' tree in a pot to see if I can save the guy.

My question is there anything I can do to deter gophers short of killing them? Also any advice on how to save this badly munched tree?

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Old 07-04-2014, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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try some cedar oil mixed in with some peppermint oil put it in a spray bottle and spray around your bananas...
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I hate gophers and have tried different things. I have pretty good success with the "Harbor Freight" solar mole/gopher chasers.
If there is still root and corm left on your plant, it will survive. Before planting in a pot, I like to dust the base with mycorrizae, which helps tremendously in developing new roots. Be very careful with watering until you see new growth.
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear that you are having problems with those detestable monsters. If one of those things took out my SDC I would be peeved. That would be one super dead beast.
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it will be one tasty gopher right now..slow cooked wrapped in a banana leaf..try some predator urine from outdoor sport store ...or try a snake..
got to love em..{neotropical rattlesnake..cascabell}
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man that sucks! i just saw a hole near my newly planted dwarf brazilian too. never knew they could do so much carnage
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