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Old 08-23-2010, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cutting banana stalk and putting in water so fruit will finish

has anyone tried cutting the stalk of a banana with fruit and move it indoors in a bucket of water so what energy is left will go to the fruit will so it will finish a women at local nursery says she does it every year and it works for her. has anyone here tried this when it gets cold.

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Old 08-24-2010, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Cutting banana stalk and putting in water so fruit will finish

I've never tried it, but I doubt it would work. I've had bunches fail to fill due to leaf loss.
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has anyone tried cutting the stalk of a banana with fruit and move it indoors in a bucket of water so what energy is left will go to the fruit will so it will finish a women at local nursery says she does it every year and it works for her. has anyone here tried this when it gets cold.
The "energy" comes from the corm, which you are leaving behind. Basically, the life of the plant is below ground -- everything above ground is either sex or solar panels.
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Default Re: Cutting banana stalk and putting in water so fruit will finish

I don't doubt that what she did worked, but I think there is a misinterpretation of what was going on. The fruit will ripen after it is cut, almost regardless of the maturity. If the bunch is put into a bucket of water, it would still ripen and "finish", but it will not get any larger, and I doubt that it would act any different from if you didn't put it in water.
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Yeah, I'm in agreement with the others....I don't know that this would work very well. I think Gabe hit the nail on the head....the fruit probably would have ripened if just cut (without the water), but wouldn't get any larger.
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