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sean 04-02-2006 08:25 PM

When to cut the bunch?
So my Dwarf Brazilian bloomed on December 1st. I cut the flower as instructed after a few immature hands appeared and I had about 8 inches of growth below them.
My question is how long do I leave them on the pstem for, until the first hand begins to change color?

pitangadiego 04-03-2006 08:59 PM

Re: When to cut the bunch?
My rule of thumb in SD is 6 months after the first HAND appears. Cut the top hand off and let it ripen indoors. If it is OK, cut another hand as often as you want to.

bigdog 04-05-2006 10:04 PM

Re: When to cut the bunch?
Hey pitangadiego, I was speaking with Don from Going Bananas at the Leu Gardens plant sale last month. I special ordered a Kandrian banana from him based upon your report that it ripens a bunch very quickly for you. He said that most of his bananas mature a bunch in about 3 months. I imagine that being in San Diego, which is a cooler, Mediterranean climate, that you may not get as fast a growth rate on your plants as somebody in the hot, humid Southeast. That and maybe a bunch matures quicker in the SE also. Does that sound fair? I really never gave it much thought until recently. At any rate, he said that Kandrian was an impressive plant that grew fast and large. Looking forward to watching it grow!

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