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Q.Banana Frost Damage. Cut Rot From Sprouting Stem?

Zone Bn8 | Candice.mcentyre added on April 12, 2020 | Answered

My banana had some mushy black rot on trunk right down to the base but is now sprouting green(I thought it was dead). I have cut away the mushy outer layers to the base as didn’t want the rot to spread. The inner stem is solid but has patches on it as in photo and I’ve cut the top off of the next layer and can see some light orange despite it being solid when pressed. What should I do? Cut more outer layer away, leave it as is, or chop the whole stem off and hope it resprouts from healthy stem? Advise much appreciated.

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Answered on April 14, 2020

Bananas are notorious for contracting many diseases. This will be hard to diagnose only seeing the damage on the stem, as the diseases will show themselves differently, depending on the species.

This article will help you to get started in diagnosing the issue at hand:


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