Lady Finger Banana Plant

Posted by Barbara (Florida, United States) on 29 April 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

County Botanical Gardens
Tropical Plant Garden
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Several years ago my neighbor (the best neighbors one could have) gave me a small banana plant. Before then I had never actually seen one close let alone grow one.

After the plant grew taller than the average person, I checked it one day and could not believe my eyes.
Suddenly this pod appeared with tiny bananas. Small bananas, that is why they are called Lady Fingers.
It is the most amazing thing to see. Colorful and very unusual looking.

They were delicious and sweet. I may attempt to plant some again sometime.

The pod you see here is after the bananas have been picked and this is what is left, a hanging pod.
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Bill Jennings from Los Altos (Bay Area Calif), United States

Like a drop from the sky - this beautiful image has rich colors and stunning detail. Well done!

29 Apr 2009 5:13am

@Bill Jennings: Thank you, Bill. The pod makes me think of a gift wrapped and tied at the top.

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

That's amazing! I don't think I've ever seen one before - lovely shot and really interesting subject!

29 Apr 2009 10:03am

"Marie" :-) from perth, Haiti

Wow, great photo, love the story and the pod is gorgeous. Would love to see this process...... great job.

29 Apr 2009 10:47am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Wow, that is incredible. I've heard of Lady Finger Bananas, but have never tasted one.
Do they produce just that one season and then die?

29 Apr 2009 10:51am

@Judy: Thank you, Judy. Yes, after the plant produces a stalk of bananas it dies but another plant sprouts next to it from the root system.
After my initial plant with a huge stalk of bananas the other plants never produced.
Regardless it was an incredible experience for me to have one grow with bananas in my yard.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Nicely photographed. We have a banana plant in our yard. Last year it produced a stalk of bananas late in the season. But cold weather came and drought continued; so the bananas stayed small, hard, and green. I left them on a long time, but they didn't ever ripen and the plant was dying all around it as Spring came. So I've finally cut the plant down and took the stalk off and "chucked" it. I'm hoping the new plant will do better about producing and ripening a stalk of new bananas this year.

29 Apr 2009 11:52am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

what an amazing plant - I have never seen one before

29 Apr 2009 11:55am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Wow! Cool!

29 Apr 2009 12:15pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Very interesting plant. Nice shot.

29 Apr 2009 12:54pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Excellent composition and selective focus.

29 Apr 2009 1:43pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow, this I've never seen, great compo and thank you ;)

29 Apr 2009 3:09pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

This is an excellent and very interesting photo, Barbara.

29 Apr 2009 4:38pm

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

Wow what a brilliant picture, great composition

29 Apr 2009 8:36pm

Tiff from Oregon, United States

nice shot. very cool

29 Apr 2009 8:49pm

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

What an unusual plant; thanks for sharing.

29 Apr 2009 10:59pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting and well-captured find!

29 Apr 2009 11:56pm

Photosanity from Folsom, United States

I like the composition, never knew this was the end - I always thought it was the start of the banana bunch. Thanks for educatiing me.

30 Apr 2009 4:39am

Al Baker from Clearwater, United States

Nice job on lady finger banana,and the mention of me,your yard is looking great!

3 May 2009 12:59pm

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