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Old 04-20-2016, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can you identify what Im growing?

I got what I thought was a banana tree from someone in my neighborhood
a year later, It flowered and I have fruit

however, from what I read, they should be ready in about 3-4 months?
Mine flowered last November I believe, so Im almost at 6 months

The fruit still has its sharp edges, has not plumped up to a round shape yet
I cut one open, and its very hard, but smells so good - just like banana

Someone said I might have plantains?

Heres some pictures, let me know what you think









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Old 04-20-2016, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Where do you live? How was the weather in the last months?
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Where do you live? How was the weather in the last months?
sorry, meant to put that in my post

Im in Orlando, FL
Weather this winter was pretty mild.. so cold days but no hard freezes
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Default Re: Can you identify what Im growing?

I'm no expert but, since the plant was a gift from your neighbor who, like you, lives in FL and because they look a lot like the Burro bananas I've seen in the local markets, I'm going to hazard a guess that you're growing Orinocos.
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I'll go with Kat2 on that one.
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I, too, would venture to guess that it's an Orinoco. Not all bananas ripen in 3-4 months. Additionally, whenever the temperature dips below 50°F, the plant stops growing. So, you have to consider the amount of time (no. of months) that the temperature dipped below 50°F and add another month for recovery after that for it to start growing again. You can use the time when new leaves start to grow out as basis for the start of the new growth.

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They are indeed Orinocos.
Very common bananas, for a reason. They are very hardy and damn near
impossible to kill. They'll hang around until they get what they want and
Then they fruit. The fruit is great for cooking and fresh eating when ripe.
They'll keep their bananas hanging green on the bunch for months.
So once they're filled out cut them down and they'll ripen on your counter.
Unless you have patience and wait for them to yellow up on the plant.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
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you guys are great!


I dont mind letting them ripen on the kitchen counter.. but how do you know when to cut them?

Last week I took off one and cut it open, very hard and starchy, didnt taste any good but smelled great.
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re-read your post.. you mentioned when they fill out...
So Im waiting till they get more rounded Thank you!

I have a couple pineapples growing too. One will be a nice size, the other will be small, but they all taste good!
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Post pics regularly, we'll tell you. It needs to look as filled as can be. They're not at the moment. Be patient. I know it's hard to wait...
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I, too, would venture to guess that it's an Orinoco. Not all bananas ripen in 3-4 months. Additionally, whenever the temperature dips below 50°F, the plant stops growing. So, you have to consider the amount of time (no. of months) that the temperature dipped below 50°F and add another month for recovery after that for it to start growing again. You can use the time when new leaves start to grow out as basis for the start of the new growth.

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I thought the only banana in Chong's garden was a Saba!!

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bad news
My tree broke with the weight of the bunch.

I propped it back up with a post but it fell again
So I cut them today
Some are ripe and soft and delicious!!!!
I hope the others will soften and ripen inside.

Here's to getting another tree to flower soon!!!



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Next time cut the whole bunch and hung them somewhere indoors for a few days. Nice bunch!
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Next time cut the whole bunch and hung them somewhere indoors for a few days. Nice bunch!
Noted!
Its amazing how fast they will ripen after being cut though... in just a few days they're almost all turned to yellow and soft.

I do have one question...
Lets say this tree didnt break and I had harvested the bunch... do I cut down this tree? Hack it off at the ground?
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Yup.
Just the fruiting stem. Leave the others.
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Got some time to take down the old dead stem yesterday and noticed this!

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Old 06-03-2016, 10:33 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Good news, I have 3 new flowers!
Two are quite large, and have opened already to show ALOT of bananas
The third is much smaller, and there appear to be no bananas - is this a sucker tree? Should I cut?
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