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Sergio Santoro
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Sorry for the provocative words. I guess something is wrong with my understanding. So, I see these brand-new banana circles with the young shoots planted so close together, and the holes are so small already. I have all kinds of bananas and plantains; those guys make 4 or 5 shoots each a year, and they grow big, tall, and out. One banana shoot will make its own banana circle with its offspring growing away from the original plant over 5 years. How come I see them planted so close together? I looked up banana spacing, and they say roughly 2m in between plants and rows to reduce risk of sigatoka, or whatever it's called. I would love to plant them more close together and turn each hole (well, swale in my case, as it's a steep slope) into an oasis, with all kinds of plants growing together, but I'd like to understand better.

While I'm at it, any ideas for a banana guild?

Thanks.

Sergio
 
Michael Cox
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Can you link us to what you are looking at/talking about?

You may have just seen a poor implementation of them.
 
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A good implementation?
 
Michael Cox
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Sergio...

I'm no expert on bananas, but from some quick reading it looks like with these banana circles the new shoots are selectively thinned so they are growing where you want and at a reasonable spacing. Basically don't leave all five "babies" in place.
 
Sergio Santoro
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Thanks, wow, it says 1.6m. I guess you are right; I had also thought that you just can't have all the suckers grow.
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