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Old 10-01-2022, 10:21 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I cut them off, we'll see what happens.

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Once a banana plant flowers it no longer needs to be erect and the fruit will fill fine while the plant lies on the ground. If the plant hasn't flowered it needs to be erect so that the existing and new rollers will continue to emerge as normal.
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My Saba (20 feet+) all snapped, lost most anything that had a rack on them except for one Brazilian. I'm surprised that half actually made it still standing upright.. well, they are shredded and lots leaves broken. However, the surge / flooding is my yard is concern. We had a few feet of salt water cover the yard and bananas for about 12 hours. Any suggestions about that? Been thru numerous storms but never had this level of flooding with salt water. Thought about flushing with fresh water but everything is so soggy and have so many other things to focus on first. If you've had salt water soak bananas how'd they do? Thanks!
Sorry to hear I hope you can find an answer about the salt water.
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We made it through the storm, that was my first major hurricane, a pretty traumatic experience!
Bananas do not look good. Here are few of them:
Here are the goldfinger bunches. It was the best we could do at the time, though I think I would have put something in between the rope and the banana so it softened the weak point. But it was nearly 100 mph gusts here.

Sad! I've been following your posts about your GF bunch from the beginning. Was looking forward to seeing the size of the fingers at harvest. I'm sure you were too. The GF bunch looks pretty filled maybe it will mature off the plant.
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Blue Java didn't make it, not sure if it snapped at the base. Maybe the fence "saved it"?

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Dude! I feel like I have deja vu. I lost my first two BJ bunches to tropical storms/hurricanes. Hopefully you have a good size pup coming up that will fruit next year.

That was a nice looking bunch and the blue color was coming through.
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Dude! I feel like I have deja vu. I lost my first two BJ bunches to tropical storms/hurricanes. Hopefully you have a good size pup coming up that will fruit next year.

That was a nice looking bunch and the blue color was coming through.
Man I have 2 "pups" over 8' tall and a few more of varying heights. That legacy will live on and the fruit may ripen up. I'm saddest about the PH but it has plenty of offspring as well.
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When we pull down, stand up, or secure a plant we usually use a 2 x 6 to spread the stress point and duct tape the board to the plant at different points which gives a better option on where to tie the rope.

The GF bunch doesn't even look close to being filled enough to be removed from the plant now. I'd stand the pseudostem back up and have the main support point at the inside curve of the peduncle

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The GF bunch doesn't even look close to being filled enough to be removed from the plant now. I'd stand the pseudostem back up and have the main support point at the inside curve of the peduncle
That makes a lot of sense to use a 2X6, thanks!

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Sad! I've been following your posts about your GF bunch from the beginning. Was looking forward to seeing the size of the fingers at harvest. I'm sure you were too. The GF bunch looks pretty filled maybe it will mature off the plant.
Yeah they don't look filled much, I hope at least two of the leaves survive the break so they can fill.
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