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Re: Banana update

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.

On Oct 9, 2006, at 10:23 AM, Cersgarden@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 10/9/06 6:00:57 AM, islandjim1@verizon.net writes:

This one is about 3 years old--and has a full-size offset, so I guess
it's time to die.

This is the third variety we've had fruit--others were dwarf cavendish
and Cuban red.

I have a DC which I have had 4-5 yrs. I bring it in ea winter and keep as a
growing green plant. I have read of how to let them go dormant but have not
tried this. The mother plant has had babies & I now have 4 & tossed 3
(babies of the babies) this fall as I moved them indoors.
What do you mean, Jim, by 'full-size offset' and 'time to die'?
They have never produced fruit.

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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