Re: [gardeners] Flowers

George Shirley (
Sat, 18 Apr 1998 08:17:44

At 09:58 PM 4/17/98 -0400, you wrote:
>George, we are not knowledgable on the subject of semi-
>tropical plants. Does a banana tree die after one year, and 
>send out a shoot which then becomes the next year's tree...? 
>Penny, NY
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To the best of my knowledge banana trees bear the second year. When I was
in Central America years ago they would harvest the stalk of bananas then
cut the tree off about half way up from the ground. I don't know why as I
wasn't really interested in bananas or gardening back then. I grew some on
the south side of my house in Texas once and did the same thing and the
tree grew out again quicker. Anyone else got any ideas? Any banana growers
out there?