How to multiply PLANTAIN SUCKER rapidly

This tutorial is to teach you the plantain sucker multiplication as a means to produce relatively clean and healthy plantain suckers (plantlet) in a period of 2 to 4month. Plantain and banana is an important crop for food security and source of income for farmers. The major means of propagation of plantain is through the suckers. These suckers are obtained from the mother plant which simply implies that it has the same characteristics as the mother sucker and in a situation where the mother sucker is diseased, the resulting sword suckers are likely to be diseased as well which result in poor planting materials to farmers and subsequently low yield or even an outbreak of diseases. Unlike maize that a cob can give as many as 250 seeds, plantain don’t readily produce planting materials, thus availability of clean, viable and affordable planting material is a major difficulty facing plantain and banana plantation. The method of sucker multiplication in the field is usually referred to as macro propagation.

Advantage of this method

  • It gives relatively healthy plant
  • It can be done locally at low cost with minimum training
  • A private person or private organization can launch these activities
  • Produced suckers are easily transportable and sold.

How to select suckers

Select healthy suckers from a healthy looking mother plant

Recommended suckers to use should be about 1m in length

1m length

Material needed

Watering can, hoe, plantain suckers, cutlass, basket, sawdust or topsoil,

Parring of plantain suckers. This is done to remove outer tissues like root. In this way, a nematode that resides in the root are removed.



After parring, immerse that parred suckers in boiling water,
Boiling water treatment:
This is the process where the parred suckers is deep inside the water for 30sec. you can estimate the 30sec by counting from 1 to 30 at a moderate speed. The aim of this proves is to have healthy suckers that are free from nematode.
NOTE: Overheating kill the sucker.
Apply heat treatment to parred plantain suckers before planting Split parred suckers according to the size of the corm
Remove epical meristem from the setts. That is where the sprouting will take place

Prepare your bed. After bed preparation, spread the sawdust on the bed

 Heat the sawdust of about 2hours. If you want to use topsoil instead of sawdust, you should heat it for about 4hours. Allow it cool/dry after heating.  Moist the medium (sawdust) before and after planting (watering prepared bed) Plant the parred suckers on the bed and cover it, water thoroughly


Sprouting of the sett will commence after 3 to 4weeks of planting Transfer to the nursery using a planting space of 1m by 1m (length of a cutlass)

Water it after planting


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17 thoughts on “How to multiply PLANTAIN SUCKER rapidly”

    • Thank you for your question.
      NOTE: The practical steps revealed in the tutorial was done on a small scale. So, steaming of the sawdust was achieved easily.
      It can be done either by pouring hot water on the sawdust or fill a drum with sawdust and place it on firewood, then set it on fire.
      Either of this method could be used.
      But when multiplying on a large scale, this step could be skipped, and the desireable result will still be gotten.

    • The apical meristem is the growth region in plants found within the root tips and the tips of the new shoots and leaves. The plant lower part (above the root) where the shoot will emerge



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