In just two weeks, the bananas are flourishing :o) I can't wait to taste these babies!
Friday, November 13, 2009
The banana inflorescence shooting out from the heart in the tip of the stem, is at first a large, long-oval, tapering, purple-clad bud. As it opens, the slim, nectar-rich, tubular, toothed, white flowers appear. The ovaries contained in the first (female) flowers grow rapidly, developing parthenocarpically (without pollination) into clusters of fruits, called hands. The number of hands varies with the species and variety. The fruit (technically a berry) turns from deep green to yellow or red, and may range from 2-1/2 to 12 inches in length and 3/4 to 2 inches in width. The flesh, ivory-white to yellow or salmon-yellow, may be firm, astringent, even gummy with latex when unripe, turning tender and slippery, or soft and mellow or rather dry and mealy or starchy when ripe. (http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/banana.html)
Calabaza, larger than a softball in just ONE WEEK!!!! To fertilize her, Ben had suggested all vines at the garden could use the help of some organic seaweed kelp extract...so, we bought some from planet natural, a company that sells mainly organic and natural products for all gardening needs :o)
She bears even more fruit than just 21 days prior...the tree is simply happy and sustaining herself quite well with a little help from our kids at Troy: they water, weed, and fertilize with organic compost...and don't forget, we also mulch, mulch, mulch!!!
Our Ross Sapote had been attacked by a hungry beetle or perhaps another little critter...here, Kimbrick weeds around the delicate plant as we lay the groundwork necessary to try and bring her back to life (we also sprayed her with a mixture of water, listerine, baking soda and soap -- a natural pesticide that's not going to hurt the plant but makes it an unattractive place for little critters to hang out).