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  •  no, bananas don't need 2 to fruit (1+ / 0-)
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    All widely cultivated bananas today descend from the two wild bananas Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. While the original wild bananas contained large seeds, diploid or polyploid cultivars (some being hybrids) with tiny seeds are preferred for human raw fruit consumption.[59] These are propagated asexually from offshoots. The plant is allowed to produce two shoots at a time; a larger one for immediate fruiting and a smaller "sucker" or "follower" to produce fruit in 6–8 months. The life of a banana plantation is 25 years or longer, during which time the individual stools or planting sites may move slightly from their original positions as lateral rhizome formation dictates.[citation needed]

    Cultivated bananas are parthenocarpic, i.e. the flesh of the fruit swells and ripens without its seeds being fertilized and developing. Lacking viable seeds, propagation typically involves farmers removing and transplanting part of the underground stem (called a corm). Usually this is done by carefully removing a sucker (a vertical shoot that develops from the base of the banana pseudostem) with some roots intact. However, small sympodial corms, representing not yet elongated suckers, are easier to transplant and can be left out of the ground for up to two weeks; they require minimal care and can be shipped in bulk.[citation needed


    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 07:25:00 AM PDT

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    •  It's also possible that they don't have an (2+ / 0-)
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      eating-variety banana.  There are a number of wild banana species with different behaviors that I'm not as familiar with.  For example, the cold-hardiest banana, Musa basjoo, can survive freezing winters surprisingly well - but its fruit is inedible.

      Oh, and just to let people know... while I imagine probably 95+% of Kossacks don't use weed killers, but if you do and you own a banana: Bananas are relatives of grasses, so don't use grass killer!  Most garden plants (with the exception of grains, which at least look like grasses) are broadleaf plants, and it's common to control weeds in broadleaf fields with grasses.  But bananas, despite their appearance, are more closely related to grasses than broadleaf plants.  They're not actually trees, just huge herbaceous shoots.  :)

      Já þýðir já. Nei þýðir nei. Hvað er svona erfitt við það?

      by Rei on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 07:32:31 AM PDT

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      •  /pesticides! /herbicides! (2+ / 0-)
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        clove oil on the little tufts of grass on the patio and that is it. Dunno about the whole no-flower thing. The tree was taken from a plot of them on the land we rented, and those trees all bore fruit. Maybe it's just mad and withholding because of the cold...

        Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

        by kamarvt on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 07:56:47 AM PDT

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