Plain Gardening: Banana Harvest

Plain Gardening: Banana Harvest

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Banana Harvest

On this week’s Plain Gardening segment, we’re revisiting bananas.  This was our first topic a year ago, and we did a segment in February on cutting back bananas.  Now we’re seeing (literally) the fruits of our labors.

Bananas put out fruit anytime from July through November.  Once the fruit shoots out of the top of the stalk, it’s generally 90-120 days before it’s ready to pick.  

Judging the picking moment can be a little tricky.  You want to wait..but not until the fruit is yellow.  Wait until it gets a little plump, loses the hard edges, and turns a paler, duller shade of green.   Again, this is about 90-120 days after the fruit appears.  Bring it inside and let it turn yellow, then it’s ready to eat.

Some of the small shoots we cut back in February are coming back.  You’ll need a few of these for next year’s bananas.

If you have big stalks with no fruit on them this late in the year, you can leave them as ornamentals for a while longer or—if they’re competing for sunlight and soil nutrients with your fruiting plants—cut them down entirely. 

There’s a big difference between homegrown bananas and grocery store bananas.  These are so much more delicious!  Tangy and tasty and the best banana pudding you’ve ever had.

Learn more at mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

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