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Old 08-21-2013, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in south of Fort Meyers in Florida

I got a banana plant from Mom -- no clue what kind it is. It is now planted and growing (in the ground) in the side yard. I started with one stem (now dead and gone) and now have 7 actively growing. The first stem died without blooming. The second stem is now blooming and has set 5 hands of bananas but the rest of the blooms have come and gone and no more bananas are being set ... so I have a long stem with a couple of hands of bananas at the top and 20 or 30 places where hands could be but aren't and I still have the big purple bud at the end.

What am I doing wrong?

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Old 08-21-2013, 05:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All bananas bloom, drop flowers, and only produce a set amount of hands. Some very little, some moderate, some heavy production. All lose a lot of what looked to be young bananas but are just male flowers, that might be your issue? Or it could just be that the banana doesn't have enough nutrients in the soil to produce as much as it could in a near perfect situation. That or not enough leaves, or not enough water, could be a number of things. Including cultivar.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello, Welcome & Maybe your not doing anything wrong.. Depending on the type of Banana.. Maybe you might think about growing a different type if 5 hands doesn't suit you, but I'd get the ID verified then take input.. :^)
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Astroraider!

Welcome to the bunch!!!
Sorry, we have no bananas today!

Varieties Growing in Zone 8:
Ice Cream, Raja Puri, Gran Nain, Williams, Cavendish, Mekong giant, Basjoo, Double Mahoi, Ensete Snow, Viente Cohol, Saba, FHIA-3 Sweetheart, Thousand Finger, and one BIG mystery Banana.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You could take a picture post it so we could see the plant and the fruit and how high the plant is,, these things can be useful in helping you . PLus what type of fertilizer/compost and how often .
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I am north of you west of tampa..Orinoco I probably what you have..good for cooking or eating fresh when real ripe..most I ever get is 7 but 5 is typical ..several types you can do down there that will give you more at one time.welcome
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