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Amazing banana root chunks developed leaves popping up alongside our ravine.

Amazing banana root chunks developed leaves popping up alongside our ravine.

After chopping through thick, white banana tree roots of Musa basjoo this spring, I saved what I needed to start a new area for my banana tree. The leftovers that I thought were not viable I tossed into the mix of compost material that we place alongside the ravine. Most books will tell you that banana trees like sun and water. However, I have 2 pups growing alongside the ravine that have received no water since they were placed there (until last night when it rained). The area is also mostly shade with a little dappled light late in the day (see the photo). Now I’m watching the little devils to see just how long they will survive there. I may dig them up and relocate them in the garden – or give them to a deserving friend who wants a little tropicalissimo.

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