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Old 03-11-2019, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default deflowering young bananas?

I have a Blue Java, although right now 3 weeks into the blossom with 5 hands of fruit visible I'm not sure if it is truly a blue java or too young to tell what it is.

Anyways, I see many people deflower their fruit to prevent scars/stains on the fruit and enable it to fill out more/grow better. If I do deflower mine, when should I do so?

Do you ever bag your fruit to prevent insects from getting it?

Silly question, but this is my first banana tree to fruit so does the fruit grow out of the blossom? I've seen pictures of other varieties that the fruit is much higher than the blossom, almost 2-5 feet above. Is it possible this tree can only produce 5 hands?
Will fertilizing its separated pups going forward ensure more fruit growth from them when it's time?

Any help/advice would be great and thank you in advance.

I've tried to upload a picture from this morning of the blossom/fruit progress but I don't think it posted.

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Old 03-11-2019, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: deflowering young bananas?

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I have a Blue Java, although right now 3 weeks into the blossom with 5 hands of fruit visible I'm not sure if it is truly a blue java or too young to tell what it is.

Anyways, I see many people deflower their fruit to prevent scars/stains on the fruit and enable it to fill out more/grow better. If I do deflower mine, when should I do so?

Do you ever bag your fruit to prevent insects from getting it?

Silly question, but this is my first banana tree to fruit so does the fruit grow out of the blossom? I've seen pictures of other varieties that the fruit is much higher than the blossom, almost 2-5 feet above. Is it possible this tree can only produce 5 hands?
Will fertilizing its separated pups going forward ensure more fruit growth from them when it's time?

Any help/advice would be great and thank you in advance.

I've tried to upload a picture from this morning of the blossom/fruit progress but I don't think it posted.
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Default Re: deflowering young bananas?

I just rub my hands over the flowers usually after all the female hands are completed. The flowers just fall off very very easy! You shouldn’t have to use much force at all. IF it takes force just wait a bit longer.

The bud opens its bracts and makes the female hands and male hands! As time goes by the male bud will get further and further away from the actual fruit hands.

Remember to feed the plant very low nitrogen and high potassium! Congrats! Hope it turns out to be a real blue java!
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