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Re: Bananas

Yeah. I've heard the flowers were edible, Noreen, but could never figure out why anyone would want to. On the other hand, I've got no idea what I'm going to do with 40 or 50 ripe bananas in a couple of weeks.

On Oct 9, 2006, at 3:21 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

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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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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