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Old 01-08-2020, 07:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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new to growing bananas, are these ice-cream ready to pick? I made the files smaller, and now they uploaded

I don't recall how to link to my photos

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Old 01-09-2020, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Your pic's may be too large, I think they need to be 2MB or smaller.
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the photos that you found in my profile were the original, when i planted the bananas. I have since made my file size smaller, and they are now linked via my post above. Thanks

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Those bananas can fill out more i.e. get a rounder look, softening the hard angles/corners. You have plenty of green leaves so they will get bigger. Best case wait until one begins to turn yellow. If hard freeze is forecast you can cut the bunch and they will probably turn yellow in a week or two after harvesting. More time = bigger bananas.

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thank you very much for the input. It is very helpful. We will wait. (When you say "green leaves", are you referring to the leaves down further on the banana shoot (or whatever it is called)? Or, are you referring to the main plant itself? It is my understanding that i need to cut down (remove) the main plant AFTER the bananas are harvested. It is already leaning a little, but is being partially held up by several pups all around it. I plan to leave most of, if not all of, the pups. We want the area to become a jungle (i mean that loosely). We live in Suburban Orange County, and we planted the bananas ... not knowing how they would do. They have done very well. Numerous pups. And we have another smaller plant about 10 feet away.
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The main plant has green leaves as opposed to say a plant that has been through a light freeze/frost which kills the leaves (turns brown) but not the main pstem (trunk). Without green leaves further development of the bunch is very, very, very slow. You are in good shape.

Yeah, cut the plant down after harvesting. It has completed its life cycle and is finished. The pups will take the main plant's place in the coming year. Some people like to keep maybe 1/2 the main plant for a while to power the pups like a batterry. I cut it down and chop it up to return the nutrients to the soil. Takes a couple months for it to break down in Florida during the winter.
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