Flag leaf & bloom at last!!! (pics attached)

bananafanJune 30, 2007

After having waited patiently since acquiring my first banana plant in January of 2005, I'm finally seeing my first flag leaf and bloom! This is a plantain we got from a local nursery--don't know what it's called. It survived the cold alright. After that, I noticed that the leaves weren't as big and long as they used to be. Is this a sign that the bloom is coming? How long is it going to be before the first mature fruit? My daughter thought the banana tree was going to be gone soon after it bloomed, but I told her not as yet. It was an exciting day for all of us seeing for the first time a flag leaf and the bloom!

I also included here two pictures of the pup. I don't know what's going on here. The new leaf looks diseased and the other leaves look odd and are shorter than those of the other pups that were separated and transplanted elsewhere. I heard there are two kinds of pups--the sword sucker and the water sucker (which doesn't produce good fruit). I'm wondering if this is a water sucker. I was going to let it take over when the mother plant dies after fruiting. Wondering if I should keep it or grow something else here.

If anyone has some answers for me, would appreciate much. Meanwhile, I can't wait to see how the bloom on the mommy plant will develop (will pose pictures later as it develops).

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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

Probably winter stress. Let it be and it will return to normal.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2007 at 10:22PM
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Congrats on the flag. Red

    Bookmark   July 2, 2007 at 9:30AM
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I was really excited to see the little bananas emerging for the first time. I have seen some of the pictures posted here of some of your bloom and don't remember seeing this shape of bananas. Like I said before, I didn't know the name of this plantain, but from the way the bananas look, they remind me of some African rhino horn pictures I've seen on the internet. Could it be this variety? Does anyone here have a rhinohorn and can confirm it? Or maybe it's something else that you know of?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 10:24AM
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pitangadeigo, I really hope it's just the witner stress. I've been waiting patiently for it to come around and do better. The weather here is consistently hot and humid with plenty of rain these days. My other bananas are happy. It's sad it see a few not doing well. My Pisang Ceylong, Goldfinger and Sumatrana Cross X have literally stalled. The worst is Sumatrana. I will post about it on another thread later.

cactus6103, thanks for your well wishes. Do you also grow bananas? I've only started doing this a little less than 3 years ago.

P.S. I thought I had posted this message, but maybe I lost it. This is my second attempt.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 10:44AM
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