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Hello. I just acquired a rather sad looking little banana tree. It has just one rather tatty green leaf, and is rather tall and skinny. I'm wondering if it might be better to cut it back and feed it in the hope that it will grow back thicker and stronger, but I'm worried about how it will cope without any leaves. Could anyone advise, please? Many thanks in advance.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,864

    Mine has no leaves at all. I cut them off for the winter to enable storage. There is a new leaf coming right from the centre of the stem. Bananas are herbaceous , not woody trees.  If the leaf is tatty, cut it off. Feed it and water it well.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • GrayfleurGrayfleur Posts: 19

    Hi fidgetbones. Thank you so much for replying. It's about 2ft tall total (including leaf!) and I was thinking of maybe lopping the stem down by about half, meaning that there would be little or no green showingimage.Do you think there is anything to gain by doing that? Then feed it and water it, like you said...I'm attaching a photo so you can see what I mean by tall and skinny! Many thanks again!

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