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Old 09-01-2012, 10:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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About two weeks back, had a pretty severe afternoon storm hit my area. Very strong winds managed to blow down part of my back fence along with part across the front, blew over almost all the potted trees, blew down my largest FHIA 17 and largest Dwarf Red, changed 3 Dwarf Namwa from leaning South-West to leaning North-East (one has since sent out a bloom), and broke my two tallest Manzano about 5 feet up. I went and cut the Manzano's just below the folded section, noticed today that one is sending up leaves from cut.


So the question is, if it is still sending out leaves, means there is a flower still making it's way up, is it worth it to let it keep going? Will it have enough energy to produce bananas if/when the flower blooms. Or should I just go ahead and cut that one down? The other one, cut about a foot shorter is showing nothing but black.

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Old 09-01-2012, 10:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have 3 Ice Creams that were cut off to 5-7 feet. They are putting out leaves. One plant I bet we cut 6' of p-stemand 3-5' on the other two. All plants are shooting leaves and have been in the ground 7 weeks now. So I'd let it grow and see what you get. :^)
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Especially since it is still producing leaves, leave it alone. Who knows, it might send up another 6 or 8 leaves, which would be enough to support a nice bunch. Even if it didn't send up any more leaves, it could still ripen a few, smaller fruit with the energy reserves left in the plant. If you search this site, you can find some examples of that -- plants with few or no leaves managing to ripen some fruit. For me, a few bananas is better than no bananas. Good luck. Sorry about the wind damage.
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let it be, it will put out more leaves then a flower, possibly at a shorter hight
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That's right it could flower at a shorter height like 6.5ft per se.. like this one..

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