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.