Oh my god you guys- I grew these! A year in to the pandemic and I’m finally self-sufficient; growing my own food. Actually, I started on these like three years ago and this is the first time I’ve gotten them to bear fruit. I’m so so please! I’m a proud plant parent.
I had the odd, single, banana plant scattered in the yard and while I enjoyed the aesthetics of their foliage, I was expecting them to produce… but they never did! I watched my neighbor’s trees fruit a few enviable bunches but for all my patience, I never got bananas myself. I finally asked him what his secret was. He said my trees were lonely, that they need a friend or two to flower and grow a banana bunch. Ideally 3 plants in a grouping.
I tried it and wow! Months and months later: a baby bunch of bananas! So, I guess I’m a farmer now.
The other tip my neighbor gave me was to cut down the tree that produced the bunch- it will not flower a second time- and let a new shoot replace it. I can’t wait to see my next harvest! I just hope the wait isn’t another 3 years.