Return to the Banana Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Time to thin the herd

Posted by apg4 (My Page) on
Sat, May 24, 14 at 13:28

Several years ago, I was given - indeed, it was 'regifted' several times previously - a sickly, scrawny 3' high "banana". (It turned out to be an Orinoco.) Planted in late June, it rocketed to 15' before the frost.

The next year, five plants went to 20 feet and one stem bore fruit, though this had to be harvested in mid-November before it was fully ripe. Placed the bunch in a plastic bag with apples (for ethylene gas production) the plantains eventually ripened and there were enough to make Bananas Foster several times.

Last year, there was a forest of 25 stems which grew to 22 feet high, but none bore fruit, 'cause they were probably way overcrowded. These are growing in a 36 square foot raised bed surrounded by a brick patio. It's time to thin the herd to promote possible fruiting .... and the clump is getting so big it's altering the environment.

How do I select for the stem that has the best chance of bearing fruit?

Cheers


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Time to thin the herd

Typically banana flower once they achieve a certain height or amount of leaves. I would keep the biggest and relocate the smaller pups.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Banana Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here