Originally Posted by BTerrier
Ok, so I never considered the timing of the flowering, which I can see would be very important in my growing zone. How can I ensure the flowering at the correct time?
Also assuming the dwarf Orinoco and raja puri can both produce in zone 5, which of the 2 is the better tasting? I understand this matter is subjective, but assuming I am looking for the variety closest to a common store bought banana?
The best way to time flowering is to understand when a flower should arrive. Some people can tell by the size of the plant and when the plant reaches terminal height. I'm not that smart yet, so I have started counting leaves and marking the Pstem with a permanent marker as it grows. Most bananas flower after 30 to 35 leaves.
I think you can control the growth speed with watering and fertilizer. I also heard that people remove or trim back green leaves to slow a plant down. I trim mine in fall, but mainly so that I have practical sized plants for indoors. This isn't ideal for fruiting, but its a compromise tactic.