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Old 07-14-2010, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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So here appears another flag leaf (3rd one in 4 years), the last 2 times the bananas were still young and small and couldn't develop enough before the cold weather hit, so I had to cut them all off, they were all black and shriveled up. I'm hoping this one will have more time with the warm weather.

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Old 07-14-2010, 11:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What time of year did the others put out a flag leaf ?
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Looks like you have a good shot at it.You might have to cut them a little early,but you should still get some edible bananas . If I remember right my fastest bunch to ripen was about 5 months,it flaged early summer.
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Looks great!!!
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I'm in the same boat as you,my Raja Puri,just threw it's flag leaf Monday.
I have tried in the past to dig up a tree with fruit and pot up to bring inside the greenhouse,but disturbing the roots too much did them in!
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Thanks for the well wishes. This high 90s weather must be doing all my bananas good, they're growing like crazy.

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Yes I remember those years,they had a real good team!!!
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I have tried in the past to dig up a tree with fruit and pot up to bring inside the greenhouse,but disturbing the roots too much did them in!
Good luck with yours!
Yes but I am wondering if it would be possible to ex-plant and store a plant (in a greenhouse or just bare-root) immediately before the flag leaf comes. I know it is possible to recognize when the flag leaf is ready to appear, though you need experience.

Also, I have always asked myself if it would possible to store a plant after the appearance of the flag leaf, but before the flower.

If such techniques are possible, one could simply replant in March/April and get a good bunch in the summer.
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