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Remove pups while blooming?

Posted by terrisofla 10 (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 30, 08 at 18:39

I have 2 dwarf Cavandish that I planted last summer and each has about 6 pups. I was getting ready to remove some and give them to friends when I noticed a swelling on one that may be the start of a bloom (not sure because I've never grown bananas before). It's right where the leaves normally shoot straight up. Question is, will it do anything to the bloom if I remove the pups now? Don't want to mess up my first banana crop! Thanks, Terri

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RE: Remove pups while blooming?

Pup removal near or during blooming has adverse affects on size and quantity of fruit, esp in the Cavendish family.

RE: Remove pups while blooming?

Thanks for your reply. I decided to remove pups only from the plant that isn't getting ready to bloom and leave that one alone. And, the one that I thought might be starting to bloom is definitly starting. I'm so excited to be getting a bloom already. I only planted them about 8 months ago and they were very small. Didn't expect this so soon. How long does it take to go from this "swelling" in the leaves to actually eating the fruit? Terri

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