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I hope your guys are doing okay in these cold windows. I fear for mine. But they are WAY up there!
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Don't they look nice! My GM pups are all happy and green also but the stems with the bananas on them have turned mostly dry and yellow. I'm hoping this is okay. We are past 6 months since the first bunch appeared but no sign of ripening yet.http://www.bananas.org/images/smilies/banana_in_bed.gif
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In the foreground planter there is a medium Namwa with pup and obscured behind them a 4 foot GM. In the background planter there is Greenie's unknown followed by a Mysore.
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What a scenery, I have always been a fan of banana trees. Your home garden is beautiful.
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Looks nice. Is that the remains of the pineapple plant between those two banana plants? It didn’t like the winter or the location?
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Looks nice. Is that the remains of the pineapple plant between those two banana plants? It didnít like the winter or the location?
The Hawaiian pineapple came through like a champ, the white pineapple is not happy at all between the bananas in the background planter.
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Richard, is the 4' GM a pup or a new planting? If a pup, did its momma ripen her fruit? The daughter-in-law I planted my GMs for has begun her year in Kabul and if these guys don't ripen in the 6 weeks before my son leaves, it will be up to the young 'uns to produce for her. (Diplomatic pouch does not allow for bananas) Fortunately, one of those pups is already 8' tall!
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Yow, the first two Gros Michel cracked and ripened today so I know I have to start harvesting. Someone mentioned harvesting from the top down. How exactly do I do that?

Yeah, it would be easier just to hack down the whole bunch but my younger son comes to visit in 10 days and I would really like to have some still edible on his arrival. Alas, I am guessing there is no chance there will still be green ones at the end of July when he leaves for Kabul for a year The plan had been for him to hand carry some to his wife who is already there and has been waiting to taste these guys for YEARS. Maybe plant #2 will come through but the fruit on it is still pretty runty.
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... Someone mentioned harvesting from the top down. How exactly do I do that?
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One at time with clippers.
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The pstem on my Gross Michael is now 3' and on its pup about 18".
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Thanks so much, Richard! Given that the bananas are like 15' in the air, I will be doing a neat balancing act as my husband holds the ladder (I really need a taller one). Fortunately I have some long-handled clippers. Just have to figure out how to thread them past the fruit I don't want to harvest yet.
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Thanks so much, Richard! Given that the bananas are like 15' in the air, I will be doing a neat balancing act as my husband holds the ladder (I really need a taller one). Fortunately I have some long-handled clippers. Just have to figure out how to thread them past the fruit I don't want to harvest yet.
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I'd just cut the pstem halfway through about 2 feet above the ground, then bend/break the remainder over slowly, remove the entire bunch and hang it in the garage.
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Mrs. Oriole has sewn a nest under a banana leaf with leaf fibers.

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Wow, great oriole picture and also great idea about cutting the p-stem and bending. I had originally harvested only a few from the very top; but I need to FedEx the 'nanas to DC Monday for my son to carry to his wife in Kabul so I might as well take down the whole bunch! Whee.

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Okay, Richard, following your instructions, I just made the smallest cut in the pseudostem and the plant gracefully fell over (fortunately my husband was there to catch it). Makes me realize how important that PCV structure was in keeping everything reasonably vertical for so long.

Anyhow, we now have 35 pounds of still greenish bananas and I was considering hanging them in the garage to ripen as you suggested, but the structural integrity of our garage is such that exterminators for the past 30 years have been warning us not to sneeze too close to it. I am afraid the bananas would pull the whole thing down. Is there any reason I couldn't just hang the bunch from a branch of the very sturdy and very obnoxious ficus that overhang the driveway? They would still be mostly in shade. And since the garage really lacks a roof, they would not be any more vulnerable to critters outside than in. Or I could just hang them from the exposed beams in our bedroom...
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Should be fine if overnight temps are 70+.
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Thanks so much! They're still in the kitchen because this site was down but maybe I will hang them up tomorrow.
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