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Old 04-22-2010, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am growing Dwarf Musa Cavendish Banana Plants in containers and am wondering if these plants will flower and produce bananas yearly or only one time? I have read differing answers. I have one plant flowering right now and am curious what will happen once its done.
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They only flower once.
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Ok, thanks for the quick reply, so I take it the plant dies when done?
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To sum it up...they flower, fruit then die back to the soil. The pups that grow up from the main corm will replace the main plant and will fruit again once they reach maturity. So saying it will only fruit once depends on what you consider a 'plant.' Basically, each 'pseudostem' will fruit only once then die back to the soil. However, the roots/corm can produce multiple (indefinitely many) pseudostems which will each fruit once.

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Very Helpful, thank you very much. The sites I visited did made it sound like the same plant flowers but it is the corm that will keep producing. My plant is only 1.5 years old and has just flowered. I have 3 hands so far I am hoping it will have a couple more hands but not sure, purple leaves are still tightly wrapped on the bulb that remains. From what I read the flower can produce 2-5 hands...correct?
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Well, it IS the same corm that will produce all the successive pseudostems/fruit. I like to think of each plant as a 'mat of stems' rather than thinking of each separate 'stem' as its own plant as with most other plants. Think roots more than stems. One set of roots will produce multiple stems that will each fruit over time, but they all come from one source...the main corm.
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Give us a shot of the Flowering Banana!
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I have posted pics of the plant to my profile. Any suggestions on fertilizing during flowering, is it necessary to fertilize extra during flowering?
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How big of a pot fo you use and where are you located?
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very nice pics. did you grow the plant entirely indoors? what size pot?
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I am located in Duluth, MN. I have a indoor swimming pool and grow them in this room year around in 18" pots. Does anyone know if I should fertilize extra now that bananas are growing? I will post another pic of the whole room that I grow the plants in.
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What happened to this post?! I think I saw pics of the plents near the pool. You beat me in doing the flowering part & having nanas!!!! ... esp this far north.
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Does anyone know if I should fertilize extra now that bananas are growing?
If your fertilizing already keep truckin, if not I would start. BTW your pictures in the gallery are very nice :^)
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I have 3 hands so far I am hoping it will have a couple more hands but not sure, purple leaves are still tightly wrapped on the bulb that remains.
Brian! How many bananas (hands) You have in this moment? Do I see right that in one hand are 6 bananas? How big they are? All this is so amazing because so early in spring.
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I Have 3 hands total, no more will be coming. There are 28 Bananas total. These are grown in my pool room so the plants have no "time of year". Bananas on first hand are about 4 inches or so.
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I Have 3 hands total, no more will be coming. There are 28 Bananas total. These are grown in my pool room so the plants have no "time of year". Bananas on first hand are about 4 inches or so.
Thanks for so fast answer!
I mean how many fruits You have? 28? So 9 in one hand? I think that such plant can see darkness in winter months. I have higher temperatures in winter than in summer but plants don't grow because of short days and weak insolation. Therefore I think that bananas feel time of year even in pool room. Or I'm wrong?
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