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B-rad 03-01-2014 08:50 PM

Banana life span
With a potted Super Dwarf grown indoors how long can you expect the mother plant to live if it does not bear fruit?

I understand that eventually the mother plant dies off even if it doesn't bear fruit, and so it puts out pups to replace its self.

When the plant dies you can cut off the stock and it will start over correct? Or - do you take out the old corm and replace it with a pup?

I'm just wondering how long they can live before you start to see it die.

Thank you! =)

Richard 03-01-2014 10:02 PM

Re: Banana life span

Originally Posted by B-rad (Post 240143)
... I understand that eventually the mother plant dies off even if it doesn't bear fruit ...

I believe this is a myth. If this does occur, it is due to improper care; for example, leaving it out all winter in Edmonton AB. :0493:

shawndac1 03-10-2014 12:40 PM

Re: Banana life span
Me to I thonk it would jist keep growing or I'm hoping it does because I live in zone 7b an unless i bring mine it it will not produce fruit and still may not even after bringing it in :( but I love them either way and would hate for mine to die!!!!!

LilRaverBoi 03-10-2014 09:41 PM

Re: Banana life span
It will continue to grow until blooming. From my experience with SDC, if conditions aren't quite right, sometimes the main plant stops growing/dies and pups replace it. The entire system (pups, main plant, etc, everything in the pot) will continue to live indeterminately. 'Main' plants will grow up/bloom/die and others will take their place. This is the nature of bananas and how they grow/replicate. If you cut a plant off, it should continue to grow back.....unless it is near maturity and you cut the bloom off within the stem. Then it will be done. But again, others will take its place naturally. And there's also a possibility that the plant (whole 'system' within the pot) will decide to put effort into pups rather than regrow the main plant.

But yeah...main plant will grow till it blooms, then pups take over as new 'main' plants. It may take 3+ years to bloom indoors. It really depends on conditions/care.

shawndac1 03-11-2014 11:45 AM

Re: Banana life span
Thank you :))

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