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Old 11-16-2020, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello All,
I'm new to the site and have been enjoying reading all of the posts!
Hoping some of you will be able to answer my newbie questions.

Generally, how long does it take for Dwarf Brazilian fruits to ripen in the Northern Orange County/Eastern LA County climate area of Southern California?
If you're not from Southern California, how long does it take for them to ripen in your Area/Climate Zone?

Will the fruits be affected if left on the plants over the winter?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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RD62,

That all depends on growing conditons: temperature above 60F, fertilization and watering. How is your twmps?
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I'm about 18 miles inland from the ocean, just below the foothills.Temps are mostly 70's to upper-mid 80's. A few hot days in the upper 90's to 100 degrees.
Lows normally range from the 40's to around 65 degrees. Every now and then it gets colder.
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I don't have any experience with ripening dwarf Brazilian but have heard it takes a long time.... Especially in California. Roughly six months (may be wrong).



As to if the taste or texture will be effected, it depends on the temps your climate throws at you.... If it gets too cold it could affect the taste and or texture of your bunch. How long has your bunch been hanging? Or are you just asking for future reference?
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Definitly all about the temperature, nourishments in the soil and amount of water.
I have never successfully riped any dwarf brazilian, only came halfway.
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I don't have any experience with ripening dwarf Brazilian but have heard it takes a long time.... Especially in California. Roughly six months (may be wrong).



As to if the taste or texture will be effected, it depends on the temps your climate throws at you.... If it gets too cold it could affect the taste and or texture of your bunch. How long has your bunch been hanging? Or are you just asking for future reference?
They've been hanging since the end of June (5 months). I see some very slight color change on a few bananas on the top hands but nowhere near looking ripe.

One of the other plants fruited about 5 weeks ago with a nice bunch of about 10-11 hands. Hoping these will Winter over and ripen in Springtime without any damage.
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Definitly all about the temperature, nourishments in the soil and amount of water.
I have never successfully riped any dwarf brazilian, only came halfway.
You can grow them in Sweden?? Nice!
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OK, I got the answer to my question.
In the past few days there are a few that have finally started turning color.
Looks like I can expect 5 months from fruiting in my area of So. California.
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That is the way to figure it out. Let the first bunch ripen on the plant. Next time, write the date the first hand emerges on the side of the trunk, and after 4-1/2 or so months, you can start picking a hand at a time and ripening them indoors.

Because we are not in Panama, but in So Cal, we do have something that approximates seasons. Together with micro climates, which are largely dependent on altitude, orientation to the sun, and distance from the Pacific Ocean, this determines how long it takes to mature and ripen bananas here. It also means that short distances can mean great differences in climate, and thus the time to maturity. You have experiment with each variety at each location to figure out that number. I use 6 months as a baseline estimate and go from there.
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That's good info.
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