Our Second Banana Plant is Starting to Develop Fruit. November 2011. Still a long ways to go.
#13 ◱ We got back from our trip and a week later we looked out the window and were surprised to see bananas.
#14 ◱ If you look carefully at the bottom, you can see Don pointing up to the bananas. :-)
#15 ◱ You can see the whorls of bananas starting to develop.
#16 ◱ From the bottom, looking up, the "flower" looks pretty cool. A whorl of bananas develop under each "petal" and then the petal falls off.
#17 ◱ This plant is going to have a TON of bananas. It was hard to tell how many bananas on a whirl, but one looked like 20 on just that one section.
#18 ◱ Don showing you how wide the trunk is. It's mammoth.
#19 ◱ Last plant we wondered why our tree was taller than the neighbors. We wondered if the bark at the bottom was holding moisture so that it grew taller. But as the bananas grew we decided they were not Apple bananas, and I was hoping it was an actual commercial variety. It turns out they are a commercial variety. Here you can compare the height of our banana plant to the neighbor's apple bananas. :-)
#20 ◱ Five days later than the last picture. You can see how the bananas have changed.
#21 ◱ I was amazed at how the fingers have spread out.
#22 ◱ Two days later and you can see another whirl coming.
#23 ◱ Another two days....When the flower petal falls off it goes to the ground.
#24 ◱ And dries up. You can see some of the past petals. This bark is WONDERFUL as bananas like moisture and acidic soil. :-)