good evening! so this is my 20ft tall banana plants, 3rd year, and im getting my first flower..its opening very quickly,looks like 5 small fruits in the 2 sections that have opened so far..when I visited dominique republic, they covered their bananas with blue plastic bags, to keep birds from pecking them.. so my question is at what stage ,or how many bananas, should be showing before I cover the fruit? ive waited 3 years for this,,im not sharing with the birds..thanks ahead of time dee
You can cover at any time. The flowers at the top are female and the one hanging below are the males. Pollination isn't necessary so you can cut off the male flowers once a gap develops between them and the females. This makes the plant put all its resources into the female flowers/fruit. The plastic bag will also even out the ripening around the bunch by keeping the temperature more even within it.
thank you tropicbreeze,,thats exactly what I needed to know..im up to 4 groups of fingers so far,,its going very fast..I will get a ladder tomorrow and see what I can learn about these male and female flowers! :) then cover it..do you think I should cut off the last 2 sections that come on, for bigger fruit? at this piont, when should I have ripe bananas?
bellieg,,yes I did dig them up..luckily my shed has 12 ft ceilings.when i dug ,i left the dirt on and put in a 30 gal plastic tub..didnt trim,didnt water..I think my luck may be due to a early spring..I also have a 13 x 17 green house, and the 15 plants i have should produce next year?? 1/2 are dwarf and the rest are the 20ft.ers..cant wait to see what the dwarfs do..they will be much easier to handle.
thank you for your comments :) any advice is welcome dee!
If you're in a cooler climate it's best to get fewer but better/larger fruit. Bananas take quite a while to ripen. Commercially they pick them green so they handle and travel better. But they taste like wood. Even when they ripen on the shop shelf they still don't have that real banana flavour. Temperature will affect how quickly bananas ripen. It could take up to 6 months. The fruit when young has ribbed sides. When those ribs round off the bunch can be cut. They are then hung until they fully ripen.
I would wait till the last minute before a freeze and then cut them off for final ripening in your house. First freeze will be in September? I agree with tropic breeze and cut off between female and male flowers. I don't think you will have problems with birds, at least, I don't in North Carolina. I harvested some Orinocos last year before my first freeze. I dig mine exactly as you described, and place in garage also. There aren't many here in this picture. But man were they delicious.
thank you for your comments..i have cut off the stalk and left 3 hands with 10 fingers each..no frost in sight yet...they are still ribbed,,3 months to go , never know may get lucky:)
i can tell which are the dwarf candivish but im not 100% on the dwarf orniocos..do they have a redish strip on the new leaves down the middle?
the pups on the producing plant,ive dug up and repotted,,they were 3ft tall and i wanted them to aclamate to the glass house. Im beginning to think this is a pretty easy plant to transplant,,are they considered pretty tough plants?
again thanks for comments..
yes thanks,,i read that it would die some where...thats why I wasnt afraid to steal the pups:)..even if their not edible,,they still can be sold for ornamental, plants for next year,, i can get $3 - $5 for each plant :)
any one want to confirm that the orinocos have redish stripe on the newer leaves? i can tell which are the dwarf candvish,,but im not 100% on the dwarf orinocos..
and I guess I exegarated,,I measured the plant that flowered from where it flowered to the ground..Is this the proper way to measure? i only have a 12 ft.plant...it just looks like 20 ft, when im under it :) see ya dee
d_lilly, they look great good job! I can t imagine digging up that monster.
I had no idea about male and female flowers. It always seems it takes a year for them to ripen.
If they don t ripen you can always boil them or fry them. (mofongo)Enjoy
thanks for all the comments,,,since Ive gotten into this, now Im looking for some red leaf bananas, like siam ruby,,red abyssinian,,and zebrina...if any one has some id be happy to buy some pups...they would be overwintered in the glass house..keep in touch dee:)
just a update on the banana plants,,cut one nana off ,cut it open,,seeds :( smelled like a cukecumber...noticed on 2 more of some dwarf size,,6ft. they were just about to send up the flag...went ahead and dug them up and got them in the glass house..i know it robally wasnt a good time,,but I thought better to dig up
before ,,than after flower.
we'll see..so far they seem pretty tuff!