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After a lot of messing about I've finally decided to say 'good bye' to my Bananas.
They are very tasty yet the effort involved in growing and harvesting them is just too much for we old boilers.
Yesterday the stem with half-mature fruit crashed to the ground. I had propped it with a scissor-prop. In the wind, the stem was moving to and fro and it moved once too often and out came the prop. The already-bent stem was weighed down with the bunch and I had removed the two lower hands to lighten the load, but to no avail.
Creeeaakkk - crashhhh. Silence.

Each time there has been a bunch on, the stem has given way. Either it's a weakness in dwarf Ducasse or I have not grown them right. The stems are quite sturdy and look as though they'd hold up much more than a few fruit. But no, down they come. They never bother to wait until the fruit is fully ripe, either. The one fully-ripe bunch we harvested last year (their first year of cropping) was being held up by the fence. Had it not been, I doubt we'd have had ripe fruit on the plant.
So since neither of us are prepared to shinny up a ladder to pick the fruit, nor to fell a 15 foot stem to harvest Lady Fingers, Bananas and we have parted company. Permanently.
Room for new fruit trees. Should we live so long!

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 29, 2014 at 17:23

There is a point at which they will ripen - and of course, up to that point (when, exactly? ;-)) they will not ripen however long you wait. I was lucky that the fruit were at the ripening stage when the plants self-lopped. We are enjoying the fruits from the first bunch right now.

One thing I was surprised about was the earlier fruit that I had taken from the bunches in the hope it would lighten the load on the stems: they are ripening by themselves. I used them as potassium-pots, stuck cut fruit into the garden bed at the feet of the Tomatoes. No idea if it did any good, but the cut fruit are ripening. Weird, eh? Gardens are full of surprises!

Comment by Lissa on April 29, 2014 at 17:13

Perhaps I should have tried harder with the very immature bunch from the fallen tree recently.

Comment by Susanne on April 29, 2014 at 13:53
What an enormous bunch.
My ladyfingers ripened beautifully and they were sooooo immature when lopped by next door.
I merely hung them in the laundry and waited. They are dainty finger sized when peeled ;) yummy fried up for breakfast.
I hope you have found yours have ripened too, they look so much more advanced than mine were.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 17, 2014 at 20:43

No neighbourly kids. No ladder needed since the stem bent right over we had to dodge the bunch or risk being brained.

Comment by Susan on April 17, 2014 at 19:24

That is such a shame.  My Goldfinger has had its first bunch and has been nicely accommodating - it bent over so the bunch was at shoulder height and we've been harvesting hand by hand for the past month.  My dwarf duccasse has not yet fruited so I hope it won't crash like yours.  Time will tell I suppose.  You didn't have any neighbourhood kids willing to climb up the ladder for free fruit? 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 15, 2014 at 20:45

They probably will ripen up in the fullness of time, depends on how advanced they are. There is a point at which no amount of time will ripen immature fruit. I don't know how to tell for far along they are. Only time will sort that or they become compost like the stems.

Comment by Lissa on April 15, 2014 at 19:42

My first and only Dwf Ducasse bunch ripened leaning against the fence. I might not be so lucky next time.

Having said that, the last two fruiting "naughty-narnies" which have produced for some years without any problems have fallen over before the bunch was anywhere near close to harvesting. I don't know exactly what the problem is but suspect I need more real soil in the bed.

Comment by Jane on April 15, 2014 at 17:49

How sad, might they ripen just for a last taste?

Comment by Christine Cox on April 15, 2014 at 13:44

What a shame Elaine, and it looks like a beautiful hand of bananas I wonder if at this tragic time I could ask for a plant or sucker, I know it is too soon to say I want, but, I would really like to have one of these plants. ;-)))

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