Saturday, February 04, 2006

I'm going to be a Mommy!

A big shoutout to the Evil Fruit Lord - check out my banana crop. I am so excited to live in a banana-growing microclimate so uncommon in the United States.

I didn't do anything to make this happen - the flower just spontaneously appeared one day, then the petals started spreading out, then oozing sap, then falling off to reveal...tiny bananas!

I don't know what variety this is. Probably Cavendish. I looked up banana gestational periods and they vary wildly, but Cavendish (supermarket bananas) is one of the shortest at 6 to 8 months.

If I am lucky, I will be slicing homegrown bananas on my cereal by September.

p.s. Evil Fruit Lord - why don't I have access to your site anymore? Is it something I said?


Evil Fruit Lord said...

I'm sorry I've been neglecting you and your blog! (And mine too!) Life's been crazy...

As to why you don't have access to The Fruit Blog, I have absolutely no idea? Is it still that way? Let me know, and I'll fix it if I can!

That's really cool that you're banana is fruiting! I've seen some get really huge around here (north Florida), but I don't think I've seen any of them actually bear fruit. I've got an Abyssinian banana in the backyard here that's something of a's in a pot that's way too small, but it's grown through into the ground. It still acts like it's pot-bound, but I can't get it out, and if I did break the pot off, it would be sitting on a big pot-sized lump of soil. It's really remarkably cold hardy (it's survived a few nights in the mid/high twenties), but it's really drought and lack-of-fertilizer sensitive, and I've been neglecting it, so it's growth is unimpressive.

Evil Fruit Lord said...

Your banana. I'm fairly sure you're not a banana personally. (just correcting my spelling's 3:30am, okay?)