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Old 07-25-2010, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm Larry and I would like to say hello to everybody. I'm from Boca Raton Florida and I'm very new to growing Banana's. I received a Misi Luki Banana pup about 2 years ago and it's put out many shoots but no Banana's. This year I started fertilizing it on a regular basis and now I have my first bunch. I've attached a picture. When do I cut them down and how do you know when they are ready?
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello Larry & Welcome to the Org. from the Sportsman's Paradise. :^) There has been a serious discussion on which kind of Misi Luki folks had, just search Misi Luki select, and read the thread. Should be similar to any other ladyfinger but I'm sure a Master of Banana's will have real input. :^) Congrat's on the Banana's :^)
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to Bananas.org! I'm new to growing banana plants but here's a link that might help. The map at the bottom shows what members grow that type of banana plant.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site! Your bananas look great! I believe the protocol on picking fruit is to wait till the first few start to change color, then you can cut it down and allow them all to ripen (eating them once they look ready). Looks like yours will need to fill-out a bit more, but you've definitely got a tasty treat on the way! Enjoy the site!
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome Larry, and mazel tov on your first bunch!! A hearty hello from Maryland.
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Glad to have you with us Larry!!
I'm in Zone 8a & can't wait to see a BUNCH like that!!! Awesome!!

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Thank you all for such a warm welcome. Lots of great information here. I look forward to being able to contribute in the future.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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Welcome Larry to Bananas dot org, from the other coast (Florida)!!
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Depending on location and weather conditions they will be ready for harvest 4-7 months from the time the blossom opened. For me here in So Cal it's 6-7 months. Pitangadiego (Jon) recommends writing the date when the flower opened on the p-stem with permanent marker to help keep track. When they plump up and you think they are getting ready you can always remove a hand and bring them inside to ripen, or just wait for a few fingers to turn yellow then either harvest as they ripen or cut the whole bunch and hang it up.
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Congrats on the bunch and welcome aboard.... looking great.
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