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Old 03-03-2019, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default How long until I see bananas maturing?

I have my very first banana blossom (it's been about 1 week since I noticed it) and I was wondering how long it will take until the bananas are a noticeable size and I can watch them mature?

How long until I can harvest them?

It's a Blue Java banana plant.
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Old 03-03-2019, 07:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have my very first banana blossom (it's been about 1 week since I noticed it) and I was wondering how long it will take until the bananas are a noticeable size and I can watch them mature?

How long until I can harvest them?

It's a Blue Java banana plant.
This forum Wiki link will help.
It could give you a general idea what to expect for your plant.

Hopefully forum members who grow this plant in similar conditions will also chime in.

.Musa Blue Java (Ice Cream) - Bananas Wiki

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Thanks. I was thinking of fertilizing it but that forum says “do not fertilize when it’s fruiting” does that include the time it is in blossom?
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Default Re: How long until I see bananas maturing?

From the appearance of the first hand to maturity is about 6 months. If weather is warm enough, ripening will begin then.

I have half of a bunch Ice Cream hanging currently. The first half ripened in early October, but the weather turned cooler/colder and the remaining half of the bunch is still on the "tree" and probably will not ripen till early April when we get our first warm weather. I could pick them now, bring them indoors and they would ripen, but I am going to let the experiment continue.
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It depends a lot on the weather. On average during our warm weather it’s about 3 months from flower to fill. Any cool or cold temps will stretch that 3 months out. If your night temps are below 60f that is (cool) for a Musa.

It also depends on the leaf structure. For spring flowers I often only have 4-5 leaves on a plant! This will stretch out the time also! Same with leaf damage from the cold.

Good news is that it’s spring! Perfect timing!!
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