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My banana plants..need advice

Hi,

I am an idiot , I listened to some people and decided that I need to trim my banana plants (I was told it's too tall). After I trimmed one plant I started to regret it and went online to see if it should be trimmed at all. It looks like we should only cut it to the ground once it bears fruits. The worst part was, I accidentally (OK so I didn't map it out right) cut the stalk that has flower/green bananas on it). I am not sure if it's edible since they have been like that through out the winter (I live in CA, so not much of a cold winter), but I was sad about it.

What should I do? I see some baby suckers on the ground. Should I leave it the way it is now (I cut most of the parts down to about 6 ft tall), or should I cut it all the way down to the ground?

More importantly, is it true that I shouldn't trim the leaves and just let it fall?

Thanks!! I want to save the plant!
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I've never heard of bananas growing under water. You must have one BIG tank to fit a bannana tree in it... I've never known bananas to grow on anything other than a banana tree.

You said you cut most parts down to 6 ft tall? Are you talking about a plant that is in your tank or outside. I dont understand?

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hmmm I didn't mention anything about water. It's outside in my backyard in solid ground
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AQUATIC Plants.

"The Planted Tank" is about Aquatic Plants. That's where the "Tank" part comes in....

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Sorry... I saw another post with banana plants in the thread when I serached online, so I didn't even pay attention to the forum.
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There is an aquatic banana plant that isn't actually bananas, it just looks like bananas.
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I have a banana plant, Musa acuminata, growing behind my aquarium, as a house plant.

Good luck with the plants, I hope they will be ok. I think this forum might help you with your problem:
http://www.banana-tree.com/Forum/ind...forumID~14.cfm

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Thanks Rain. I feel more stupid after I found out that I posted on the wrong forum.
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Don't worry about it, it happens. Same type of thing happened in an apple snail forum (keeping them as pets) I am a member in a while ago, a person came to ask advice about how to prepare them as food. I've done the same too once or twice when I have been too worried or too excited about the subject I've needed to talk about to notice that there might be something wrong in my choice of forum.

And who knows, maybe you get bitten by the planted tank bug while you are here.

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Try http://www.bananas.org/ .

I have a SDC by my tank. Wish I could grow it outdoors!
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Man, what have you guys been smoking? !! The "bananna plant" is one of the most common aquatic plants in the aquarium and has been in use for ever. The actual name is Nymphoides aquatica. It is a type of water lilly.

HAHA! OK, so its not what you have, but it is an interesting aquarium plant

It has a set of tubers that look like a bunch of bananas, hence the name. The tubers simply store nutrients just like any bulb. The leaves are small, kinda arrow shaped and float at the water surface. If you want to prune the leaves off, it is best to cut the whole stem. More leaves will grow from the tubers. The tubers should not be buried. The plant needs fairly bright light. If you have enough light and nutrients in the water, long roots will grow from the tubers deep into the substrate. Without enough light, it will never grow roots and only continue to produce leaves until the nutrients stored in the tubers are depleted.

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