Sunday, May 1, 2016
garden, banana edition
This photo shows the banana plant's inflorescence, which is the big heart-shaped flower spike that grows out of the plant's stalk. The purple bracts (which look like giant petals) peel back to reveal the hands of banana fruit, each of which develops from a female flower that looks like a big snapdragon. The flowers have a faint banana smell to them.
Each banana cultivar has a different kind of inflorescence, and produces differently shaped fruit...
Ready-to-Grow Gardens in 2015. They produced fruit within nine months of planting. The next two photos show plants descended from ones planted by James Jiler of Urban GreenWorks in 2012. The corms (subterranean rhizomes) from those original plants continue to produce suckers that turn into new fruit-bearing plants; after each plant fruits, it dies, leaving behind smaller shoots which take its place.