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Old 05-19-2017, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am a newbie and got my first bloom last Dec (16) - my stalk of green bananas starting getting lots of brown spots, so I assumed it was time to cut the stalk to hang and ripen. These bananas were supposed to be full size bananas but are only about half that size. I cut them 5 days ago and no yellowing in site.....
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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What type of banana is this? ... Full size banana may take 3 to 5 months to ripen depending on the type. I suspect the banana will be pithy if it ripens to a yellow because of being cut so early. ... I don't know what the black spots are. The spots have been shown by another forum member on his bananas, the fruit rotted.
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The flower appeared last Dec, I thought since I started getting the brown spots it was time to cut the stalk. Is 5 months too early to cut the stalk? I bought the plant at Home Depot and was labeled as Chiquita
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Where are you located? We need to know this in order to know your climate and what affect this may have had on the plant during the time the fruit was growing.
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I am located in South Florida
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Are there any pups sprouting at the base of the plant? Since the main plant/stem has fruited, it will die later this year.
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Yes, I have sword pups. I cut and removed the moma tree once I cut the banana stalk. I chopped her up into little pieces and she is now mulch for the babies.
I was mainly curious as to why the bananas have brown spots all over them?
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I am pretty sure the spots are just a fungus on the peels and won't affect the fruits. They do look like they could have stayed on the stalk a while longer but should be ok. They may not be as good as they could be is all. Being cut early tends to cause them all to ripen at once, so be ready. If you can't eat them all, make banana nut bread.
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Cut a hand off and put it into a paper bag with an apple. They will be yellow within a week! Keep doing this with each hand and you won't end up with them all yellow at once. I agree spots look like a fungus. I wouldn't worry at all. If you don't bag them like they do the store bananas you almost always end up with spots and bites and other blemishes. It's the inside that counts!
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Cut a hand off and put it into a paper bag with an apple. They will be yellow within a week! Keep doing this with each hand and you won't end up with them all yellow at once. I agree spots look like a fungus. I wouldn't worry at all. If you don't bag them like they do the store bananas you almost always end up with spots and bites and other blemishes. It's the inside that counts!
Pretty much the same with any homegrown fruit...if you don't put in extra work/spray for everything imaginable/baby it, then it probably won't be as pretty as store bought, but in most cases, it will taste better!
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I am definitely hooked now, I have been eating them and they are deliciuos! My neighbor came over and I gave her some....I opened one and gave her a small piece then laid the rest on the table......she said....." ummm can I have the rest of that" lol she really likes them as well!

Thanks to everyone that replied....it makes me happy to grow and eat the food myself!
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