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Re: Bananas

This has been my experience too, Jim.  I always thought the plant had  to be 
in it's second season to bloom, but without an offset that is mature  enough, 
it doesn't bloom.  
Banana blooms are edible, by the way.   They are sold in cans  too....I've 
tried it fresh and from the can in salads.  I personally didn't  care for it, 
but.....perhaps it depends upon how it is prepared.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 10/9/2006 11:02:42 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Don't  know if this is always the case, but it's been my experience. The 
plant  will put out an offset. When the offset reaches a certain size, 
the plant  will flower and fruit. Once it flowers and fruits, it dies. I 
don't know  what happens if the offsets are separated from the mother 
plant when they  are young--that is, if a certain degree of maturity in 
a still-attached  offset signals to the mother plant to bloom 
[matricide?]. I think  something like that probably occurs; all of ours 
that have bloomed have  also had intact offsets that were full grown or 
nearly  so.

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