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Old 11-18-2019, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Why is my BD flowering now!?!?

March of last year I added a 3’ Brazilian Dwarf I got from a member here and planted it into the ground with home made worm castings.

This summer it took off to about 12’ and yesterday I just noticed a huge red pod with a hint of one layer of about 30 fingers.

I live in Orange County,will these fully grow or did it flower too late this year?
There is another large pup I left hoping it will go next year(now about 5’).
And a few one footers I plan to transplant ASAP.
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Old 11-19-2019, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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your banana does not know seasons, its flowering because its ready to.

pretty much what you have to worry about is the occasional frost. keep the bunch covered and warm when you think a frost is coming.
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It is flowering because it has reached that point in its development/age. It is common for plants in SoCal to flower in spring and fall. As long as you don't have frost or freeze, the plants will continue to flower and mature the bananas, which will probably ripen i April/May.
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It is flowering because it has reached that point in its development/age. It is common for plants in SoCal to flower in spring and fall. As long as you don't have frost or freeze, the plants will continue to flower and mature the bananas, which will probably ripen i April/May.
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March of last year I added a 3’ Brazilian Dwarf I got from a member here and planted it into the ground with home made worm castings.

This summer it took off to about 12’ and yesterday I just noticed a huge red pod with a hint of one layer of about 30 fingers.

I live in Orange County,will these fully grow or did it flower too late this year?
There is another large pup I left hoping it will go next year(now about 5’).
And a few one footers I plan to transplant ASAP.
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your banana does not know seasons, its flowering because its ready to.

pretty much what you have to worry about is the occasional frost. keep the bunch covered and warm when you think a frost is coming.
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It is flowering because it has reached that point in its development/age. It is common for plants in SoCal to flower in spring and fall. As long as you don't have frost or freeze, the plants will continue to flower and mature the bananas, which will probably ripen i April/May.
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yeup!
Very cool,Thanx a “BUNCH” guys!
It’s 90° during the days right now and 55° lows at night here,and we rarely see temps in the low 30’s but I will keep a close eye through the winter.
I do see squirrels and raccoons in my backyard regularly,is there anything I should do like zip tie a burlap bag around the bunch?
How about cutting the flower off at some point?
I also have another 5’ I have left for next season and several 12” pups I prolly should transplant,which I will make available to any members.
Thanx again,I’m so excited!
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