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Re: 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
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
Thanks for any help you can give.
zone 6b

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