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Old 05-09-2021, 06:18 PM
Fuerte Rav Fuerte Rav is offline
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Thanks for the pics Yug.

Was delighted with my banana recently. 204 edible fruits, each hand having around 20 fingers!









You can see some of the male fruit here, tiny little things that dry up and fall off.



The next banana that hopefully will be fruiting in my garden is a red variety - this is an internet pic, not mine, (yet!).

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Old 05-09-2021, 06:53 PM
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My husband heard that bananas have to be hand-pollinated. He also heard that they die after they flower. So what kind is yours? And is it going to keel over now? (Inquiring engineering minds want to know.)
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Hi Dolly
No hand pollinating went on here! The stem that flowered is finished - once and done - I cut it off at ground level once all the fruit was off. Pups develop around the plant and best practice is to remove all but one of the strongest which will grow and take over as the next fruiting plant. This is why they say that bananas 'walk' - the next fruiting plant will be be to whichever side of the old one that you have chosen to leave it, and so on and so on. The diameter of my fruiting plant was about 12 inches so in 3 years it could be 3 feet from where the first stem was! Unfortunately I can't dig out the unwanted pups to use elsewhere due to my rock base and the roots getting trapped - I just keep cutting them off at ground level.
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Old 05-10-2021, 11:57 PM
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That information is correct. Only one bloom, one bunch of fruit (unless it is a double mahoi), and then the main plant dies, and one or more of the 'pups' take over. Just prior to the bunch emerging, it puts up a 'flag' leaf to let you know the flower is coming.
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