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Old 10-27-2005, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do bananas do most of their growing at night?

Here's a picture of my office mate "Bob":

He's a pup off one of my bananas at home that I decided to bring to work. Bob's been doing pretty good. His center leaf grows at about 1 inch per day, which works out to a new leaf every two weeks or so right now.

One thing I've noticed is Bob seems to do most of his growing at night. If I measure the growing leaf first thing in the morning and then when I go home at night, there's almost no growth. But by the next morning he'll have put on about an inch or so on his new leaf.

Anyway, I thought that was interesting and never really noticed before. I assume this is normal?
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Old 10-27-2005, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)

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Default Re: Do bananas do most of their growing at night?

It varies depending on conditions, but in general yes it is very normal, I sometimes get equal growth day and night in the summer when the nights are warm.
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