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Re: banana bloom ?


Jim,
Thanks so much for the info.  I will try making a crutch for it so that it
won't break this time.
I had wondered what insect it took to pollinate it.  It is in an indoor pool
area here in Oklahoma in the middle of winter so not many insects alive
right now.  (except aphids on the gardenia :-)
I go again tomorrow so I will check it again.  Should I fertilize it more.
I had just been using ozmocote every 3 or 4 months.
Appreciate your help!
Tricia
----- Original Message -----
From: "Island Jim" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] banana bloom ?


> tricia, cutting off the bloom will not keep the plant from dying. it'll
die
> anyway. so let it bloom. don't know if you've got the proper insects
> pool-side to pollinate it, but maybe something like the common housefly
> will do it.
>
> you're right about heavy. once mine start to form a stalk, i've got an
> X-shaped "crutch" with which i brace the plant right at the base of the
> stalk. and i don't let mine produce those fabled stalks of dozens of
hands.
> once two hand reach mature size, i cut the stalk and ripen the hands on
the
> kitchen counter.
>
>
> At 11:30 AM 2/20/03 -0600, you wrote:
> >I help to take care of the plants around an indoor pool at the YMCA here
in
> >Weatherford.  We have 3 banana plants and one is starting to bloom.
Should
> >I cut it off the bloom to keep the plant from dying or just let it go
ahead
> >and try to make bananas?  The last time one of the bananas tried to make
a
> >banana, the fruit got to heavy and bent the stem so that the fruit
withered
> >up.
> >I want the plant more than I want the fruit and thought I had read
somewhere
> >that the mother plant will die after producing the fruit.   Will it die
> >anyway?
> >Thanks for any help you can give.
> >Tricia
> >zone 6b
> >
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