How to Desucker Banana Plants


Bananas are a fleshy tall herbaceous plant. They grow from a shallow rhizome. The mature plant produces daughter suckers; when the old plant matures and dies, several new plants will grow out of the rhizome. If you are growing ornamental bananas, these shoots can be unsightly and messy looking. But they are easy to remove and can be replanted in another location to expand your banana plant collection.

Step 1

Drive a sharp shovel into the soil between the daughter sucker and the adult plant stem. This will cut the sucker free from the main system.

Step 2

Move your shovel to the outside of the sucker about 2 inches away and drive it into the soil.

Step 3

Lift the shovel up gently to free the sucker from the soil and the mother plant rhizome. Grasp the daughter sucker with your hands and wiggle it free if it is reluctant to come out.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel


  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Banana Fruit Facts
  • Purdue University: Banana
Keywords: tropical fruits, caring for tropicals, propagating bananas

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Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.