Hardy Bananas – Part II

Fall 2012, Before dividing

Fall 2012, Before dividing

This is a follow-up post to the Tropicals blog post.

After 3 years in the ground from a gallon pot, this hardy banana plant needed more room.  Or was it I that needed more room?  Growing to 8 feet each year right in front of the south facing kitchen window?

Well I decided that it was time to ‘dig and divide’ this winter.  So in February, in a very mild winter, I took on the task of digging this HUGE clump out of the cold mud.

Large Washed Divisions

Large Washed Divisions

After a few hours of digging, washing, dividing and more washing, I counted 26 divisions.  Some were just slips, others were double fist size roots.  As long as there were roots and a growing point, I saved them.  I used a serrated knife to cut apart.

I potted some up to pots, which I gave away to friends, relatives and neighbors and the rest went into two new beds.  The largest divisions ended up, of course, as really big plants by late June.

June 2013

June 2013

This is what the largest division looks like in June 2013.  This is on the south side of the house in the same bed as the first gallon pot, but NOT in front of the kitchen window!  See the smaller new plants already growing at the base.  The brick is for scale, it is 8″ long.  The foundation of the house is 32″ in height.

New Young Shoots

New Young Shoots

Dennis’til next time,
Dennis George
Highland Garden House B & B
501 E. Highland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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