What's the proper way of propagating banana plants? It's my understanding
that you simply have to cut off one of the shoots that comes out next to the
plant. But I have no green thumb so I would be obliged if someone can shed
a bit more light on this subject.
That's right. Just dig it up and plant it where you want it. In my S.
Texas backyard banana plants grow like weeds and have to be chopped back. I
don't think there is any killing them once established.
It's an Australian site, and I have no experience with Australian laws.
However, Queensland is one of the commercial banana growing areas of the
world, and it appears they're trying to protect their crops from several
"There are currently six (6) Banana Quarantine Areas in Queensland. These
are based on the need to contain the spread of Banana Bunchy Top Virus,
Fusarium wilt (Panama disease) and Black Sigatoka leaf spot. Buffer
quarantine areas are also declared to assist in restricting the spread
of these diseases. Restrictions prevent the movement of banana plants
from diseased areas into disease-free areas. If you wish to move banana
plants for any reason, contact your nearest DPI&F office."
In the US, if it's at all possible, USDA tries to keep imported germplasm
for their programs (with possible imported pests/diseases) away from the
major area of commercial production. For instance, carrots, mustards and
flax are at NC7 in Ames, Iowa, an area noted for corn and soybean production.
Not surprising at all. That website is is from Queensland, Australia, which
is commercial banana production area. Queensland is trying to protect its
industry from diseases that affect the commercial banana plantations.
South Florida has severe restrictions on citrus trees for a similar reason -
citrus canker. In some counties, there are quarantine areas in which it is
illegal to grow any citrus at all - authorities actually go into people's
yards and cut down their trees, with or without their permission. You can't
even have a dwarf lemon in a pot indoors!
Also, in the U.S., if you live in a citrus-producing state (FL, CA, TX, and
LA), it is illegal to import citrus plant material from anywhere else. For
example, every citrus tree sold in Florida must have been grown/propogated
in Florida. If you live in a state that does not have commercial citrus
production, you can buy citrus trees from anywhere. So, since I live in NW
FL, I can only buy Florida-grown cirtus plants. But people who live 50 miles
north of me in Alabama can buy citrus plants from anywhere.
I wouldn't be surprised to find that other agricultural areas have
restrictions that affect private individuals in those areas, as well.
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