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Old 07-01-2013, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,
I've searched for this issue, but must not be using the right key words.

I've been trying to grow bananas for a few years now and was successful at fruiting one out last year. I believe the plants I have left are now all Raja Puri as my others died off. Last year my plant fruited, but out of all the fingers that opened - most fell off. I did have the pleasure of having a few home grown bananas and they were great. I don't like store bought bananas - and now I know why.

I wintered over several medium to large plants this past year and was surprised to see a flower on two of them this week. I'm hoping to avoid losing all the fruit again. Can anyone give me suggestions as to what caused the issue last year so that I may avoid it this year? (If it isn't too late)

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Old 07-01-2013, 06:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I agree I don't know how anyone could eat a store bought banana,yuck

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The fruit that rots and falls off are most likely male fingers that won't come to anything in the 1st place.
Some say the more healthy the plant the more hands you may get (within reason). We don't know how your feeding your plants to achieve a flower, you know what I mean. There some on here that believe in certain feeding habits of their bananas to get fruit to fill out prior to winter. :^)
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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First flowers that emerge are female and will produce bananas. After a while (depending on plant care/health/type/etc) they change to male flowers which fall off and will not make fruit. Both sets of flowers have little 'bananas' at the base, but again, some will stay, some will fall off. Like said before, bunch size (both size of fruit and quantity) is based on the type of plant, feeding/care/watering and growing conditions.
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