Five different types of plantain (Musa spp. AAB) planting materials—early sword suckers, late sword suckers, peepers, maidens and bits—were established at the beginning of the rainy season and grown for 9 months, over the first subsequent dry season. Their pre-floral vegetative growth during the 9 month period was then studied. The late sword suckers made most growth and had the best survival rate over the dry season followed by maidens and early sword suckers. Peepers and bits were the least successful materials and are not recommended as propagation materials in areas with long and severe dry seasons.
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 09/1982; 33(9):832 – 839. DOI:10.1002/jsfa.2740330904