Not sure what we will do with the banana tree. It
spent the summer sitting outside the greenhouse. Now it is approximately
15 to 16' tall and the greenhouse is only 12' tall in the center.
Rich noticed the flower about a week ago and now we can
see 4 bunches of bananas and it looks like there will be more as more of the
flower opens up. I have no idea what kind of banana tree it is because it
was not marked when I bought it.
We are both anxious to pick our own bananas but I am
also worried because we are about 6 to 8 weeks away from our first frost and
there is no way we will be able to get it back in the greenhouse.
Part of the photo is an illusion. I am standing
under the plant looking up to take the photo. The light pole and wires in
the background makes the banana tree look taller than the 15 to 16' that it
actually is. (This is actually a security light at the back of our
property where the greenhouse is located)
You can see how much taller the tree is than the greenhouse which is 12' tall.
The flower is about 12 inches long and it looks like as the flower opens, there
will be more bunches of bananas. When we first saw the flower there was
only 1 bunch of bananas
October 13th update. We are supposed to get a
frost tonight about 2 to 3 weeks ahead of schedule so we cut the bananas off the
In the fall of 2006 the night before our first heavy frost, we removed
the bananas from the tree. We will try to ripen them in the house
Update - the bananas were too immature to ripen