This involves uprooting of excess suckers from banana mat. This done in order to suit the harvest frequency. Removing of side shoot is done until the emergence of flowers 1-3 stems at most per mat(ie the bearing one, the follower and sucker ). Sucker management is important to avoid high mats and to maintain proper spacing. High or many sucker per mat could easily fall.
This done to Conserve moisture in soil and reduce rain fall run off to avoid erosion, Mulch also improves the soil as mulch material rots .however mulch is know to serve as a bleeding place for banana weavils and others pests , additionally, if u place mulches too close to the mother crop it will affect the growth of young suckers, there u need to work out a balanced plantation.
Bananas are susceptible winds and should be staked to provide extra support to the banana stem. Banana cultivars that bear very big bunches are most susceptible to heavy winds. We normally do banana staking using a forked pole
Once all the fingers have developed the rest of the inflorescence including the male flower, bud should be removed to reduce incidences of fungus and insect attack,
🍌 Fertilizer requirements
Bananas absorb slot of nutrients from the soil, therefore there’s need for u to replenish the soil using external source like farm yard manure, crop residues, homestead and chicken refuse.
U should however avoid applying metals or polythene on ur plants.
U should avoid applying manure to close to the banana mat, as this would encourage banana weevils to bleed and may result to high mat conditions.