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Default newbie question: can I leave pups on?

I have a dismal history trying to grow things, but I've managed to keep three banana trees I planted as little ones alive for 7 months or so. I planted two of them in my front yard because I wanted to create a dense tropical stand of plants. So one of them is growing a lot of pups (see attached pic) and I was thinking of leaving them on because (a) I'm worried if I try separating them I'll kill the parent tree; and (b) because I like the idea of a dense stand of jungle plants.

Is this a bad idea? If I fertilize and water enough will they be alright? For the ones in the front yard I don't care so much about actually growing bananas, they're there mostly for aesthetic reasons. If I have to get rid of them, would it be safest just to cut them at the base to make sure I don't inadvertently damage the main plant?

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I want to create a dense tropical stan So one of them is growing a lot of pups (see attached pic) and I was thinking of leaving them on because (a) I'm worried if I try separating them I'll kill the parent tree; and (b) because I like the idea of a dense stand of jungle plants.

Is this a bad idea? If I fertilize and water enough will they be alright? For the ones in the front yard I don't care so much about actually growing bananas, they're there mostly for aesthetic reasons. If I have to get rid of them, would it be safest just to cut them at the base to make sure I don't inadvertently damage the main plant?
Where do you live?
If you decide to separate pups from mom, It is far more iikey that you will kill the pups and mom will survive until she dies a natural death. There are posts on how to separate pups on this forum. Be sure to read and watch them before attempting. Aslong as you get good roots on the pups , they can be repllanted to start another mat.
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An old timer here in Uruguay told me that a stand of four, mother and three of her offspring is fine, more than that and apparently there's too much demand causing poor production. Anyone know if this is true?
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There is a mat of Saba in my neighborhood, he allowed all the pups to grow (10 or so) and didnít care for them at all. However they are about 40 feet away from a pond so they probably get some moisture. He also probably fertilized his precious lawn, so they got some of that. Anyway, itís taken 2 years to get fruit. With no care- so, I think it takes longer to fruit at first, and mabye longer to ripen the bananas (not a good idea if you are a frost prone zone), but in the end you get a steady supply of bananas! At least thats my take on on
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Great looking plants by the way👍👌
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Thanks, that makes sense, if resources are ample, crowded stands can do fine. Thanks too on the compliment. Need to pay more attention to nutrients and snail invasions this year. Amazed they pulled through the winter without excessive damage, though our winter wasn't much to speak of this year.
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An old timer here in Uruguay told me that a stand of four, mother and three of her offspring is fine, more than that and apparently there's too much demand causing poor production. Anyone know if this is true?
You may thin your plants if you wish..your choice..
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I did, yesterday, pics in my gallery.

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I'm going to try these tips this year, already removed two pups, leaving three tall nanners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4N-QLhXjjY
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I'm going to try these tips this year, already removed two pups, leaving three tall nanners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4N-QLhXjjY
I have a tip for making the video come in the middle of the post. Do you want to know?
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Sure, that'd be great to know!
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Sure, that'd be great to know!
I find if I delete the https:// at the beginning, it goes in the middle. That works for me at least. Hopefully it works for you!
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Aha! I will give that a try now... on how the 'back forty floods'

May 2018 - demonstrating the mass of water that encroaches upon and inundates my backyard (waters running off Solari Park into neighbors yard at top center corner of the lot) - this brings lots of poultry manure in to my yard, previously pig poop also, but the pigs are gone now.



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I find if I delete the https:// at the beginning, it goes in the middle. That works for me at least. Hopefully it works for you!
It worked! Remove html, leave only the www. before the url. Brilliant, Thanks, Joe.

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Video on the Banana Island I created, intentionally, to mimic traditional growing conditions and take advantage of all the rain we get here. Two days ago I dumped the water that had been stewing with a permeable bag of weeds for some months into the moat which was still moist from a previous rain. This provides green manure nutrients for the bananas and other plants.
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