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How do I separate banana pups from the mother?

16 years ago

This is my first year with a Musa Basjoo. I put it in the ground and have several pups.

One of the pups is getting pretty tall(18-24") and I'd like to separate it. I tried to do this earlier with a smaller pup and it didn't make it so I'm kind of gun shy.

Can I just slide a shovel around the pseudostem of the mother and just sort of slice the pup away? How deep should I go? Should I do it now or wait until I bring the mother in for the fall? I'm hoping to leave one of the pups in the ground and follow the instructions for overwintering and see how it goes.

Thanks for your advice and tips!

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