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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Musa

  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

These flowers spikes were hanging below the bananas shown in the previous photo. I walked past these every day and realised that this big purple bud contains tiny yellow flowers. Each day, one layer of the bud covering opens to reveal tiny male and female flowers, which gradually fall off during the day, followed by the outer bud layer itself, and then next day another one opens and the cycle continues. I guess each pollinated female flower has potential to turn into a banana 🍌😀

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richard.spicer.7906

#mexico #bananaplant #banana #musa #holidayfind #holidayflowers #tropicaltuesday - I never knew how bananas were formed until now - more info here for anyone interested 🤓📖 - https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/banana.html

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nessas

Wowzers 😲 those are amazing 👌🏻👌🏻

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linfoster

Wow 😮

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Sussanah

#plantains they are. Cooking bananas 🍌. They’re more starchy. We have Cavendish and Lady Fingers.

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richard.spicer.7906

Ah thank you Sussanah 😀🙏🏼

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angiecrazycatlady

That's amazing. We take bananas for granted as they are cheap to buy but seeing that makes you realise how exotic they are 😊

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icedance

Another reminder of how truly amazing nature is 💕 thanks for sharing all these pictures and fascinating info Richard 👍

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valjones-hughes

Such amazing plants - and fantastic photos 📷

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Wow...😮👌🏼

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sho47

Fascinating info there👍😃💕

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hayleyaj

It's amazing, but also sad as once they fruit you have to cut them right down to the ground or they die 😔

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richard.spicer.7906

Bananas 🍌- was fascinating to see these growing and producing fruit. They were too high up though to pick one and try it - the fruit on the left was not from the trees on the right but in a different spot and much taller. And the flowers are amazing (next pic.) #mexico #bananaplant #banana #musa #holidayfind #holidayflowers #tropicaltuesday

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ripjuju

I have been considering growing banana but not sure where on the property and if I want to deal with wildlife/pests in competition for its fruit. There is a special pole to pick the bunch from the tree.

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humus

When we lived in Alicante Spain, dad planted a banana in really fertile ground he had prepared on the south side of the house. Suddenly it put out the big purple flower and later huge super tasty bananas to take to school 😊 Boy what a treat!

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richard.spicer.7906

Yes, probably a good consideration Judy 👍🏼 - sometimes it’s finding a balance between something you like but then the consequences it might bring! I didn’t know there was a special pole to pick the bunch - I’ll have to have a peak on google 😀 @ripjuju

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richard.spicer.7906

It certainly was a sight Peter! And amazing how it the whole pollination process works on bananas - @humus

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