How do we propagate our bananas. Do we use tissue culture or suckers?

Bananas can be propagated by several methods.

Two of the most common methods we use are:

Tissue Culture -- baby plants that come from a laboratory
By planting suckers - typically "sword suckers" extracted from mother plants

Info about suckers:
There are two kinds of suckers, water suckers and sword suckers. Sword suckers have narrow leaves and a large rhizome. Water suckers look like miniature banana plants. They have broad leaves, small rhizomes, and a weak connection to the mother plant, so they will not develop into strong plants.

Most of our bananas are propagated by tissue culture, and in some cases we propagate using sword suckers.

Updated on: 04/18/2023

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