Corey asks why his banana received’t make fruit – or at the very least, many fruit:

Hey David – any thought why my bananas set one row, however the remainder of the fruits are dying and never growing?

Right here’s the image of the banana bloom he despatched together with his query:

Causes Why Your Banana isn’t Making (A lot) Fruit

I responded:

Sure – that is regular. 

The primary few rows are feminine blooms, which grow to be bananas. The later blooms are all male and can’t flip into bananas. They simply make pollen after which fall off.

You most likely solely bought a number of bananas for one of many following causes.

The banana clump is younger and never giant sufficient to make a lot fruit but
The plant was a bit thirsty, hungry, or each
The banana tree was within the shade 
The variability will not be a really productive sort (like Orinoco)

Banana blooms will be simply recognized by intercourse. The primary blooms to emerge are feminine, and look similar to little bananas. In any case the feminine blooms are produced in a number of arms, the tree begins making male blooms in commonly descending ranks. They produce pollen, however not bananas. As soon as the ultimate rank of feminine blooms seem, that’s all of the bananas you’re going to get.

Banana Varieties and Their Fruits

Some varieties, like Orinoco, which we get pleasure from however which isn’t notably productive, solely makes a number of arms of bananas earlier than quitting. That is simply 14 “fingers,” or particular person fruits:

Different banana varieties could make loopy quantities of fingers:

You might be coping with a variety of the explanation why a banana isn’t making extra fruit, however when you perceive how they bloom it makes rather more sense.

After that, you simply want to take a look at genetics and cultural circumstances.

That is how the Cavendish bananas grew down on the island:

And that is one other ladyfinger selection rising in The Nice South Florida Meals Forest Mission:

Remaining Ideas

We love rising bananas and plantains.

If you’re in the suitable local weather, they’re one of many absolute best survival crops you’ll be able to develop, as I focus on within the must-have guide for Floridians: Florida Survival Gardening.

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