RIGHT WAY TO HARVEST BANANA
WHEN YOU harvest the bunch of your banana, don’t cut the trunk to the ground. Leave 1 meter or more standing. Why?
WATER & NUTRIENTS – Well, that will help nourish the sucker left behind to grow faster and healthier. That is because the old uncut trunk still contains a lot of nutrients and water. The water is particularly useful during the dry season because it will provide the moisture needed by the sucker or suckers.
EXPERT SAYS – Dr. Gus Molina, the banana expert, says that when you cut the trunk to the ground, whatever sucker or suckers that remain will grow very slowly. It is also possible that with the old trunk retained, new suckers will still develop.
SELL SUCKERS – If you have special banana varieties you can sell the suckers at a higher price than those of the ordinary kind. For example if you have a banana with red fruits or a Mama Sita from Thailand, buyers will not mind paying P100 per sucker instead of only P25 per sucker of old varieties.