Almost Time for Banana Harvest

My very last post was about bananas and I wrote it about 3 months ago. Well it took 3 months from Bell to Banana – which means many people have been LYING to me: the Paid Gardener, our wonderful dentist’s husband, and Grandpa. They said bananas come in 2 kinds – 45-day and 60-day. Mine, they claimed, are 60-day bananas – except they are 90-day bananas.

Here are my 90-day bananas:

After 90 long days

If you look carefully, you can see the signal banana turning yellow, just at its tip. Look to the right? If you can’t see it, here is a close up shot:

Signally YellowWhen the signal banana is more or less totally yellow, the whole stem of bananas is ready for picking! We have been arguing at home about what the collective noun is for bananas. Seems like the correct word for the “bunch” of bananas you can buy from Kevin our fruit man is “hand”. “Bunch” or “comb” refers to the whole stem of bananas you see in the photo above!

These bananas look bigger than our first bunch. I think my by-products are getting more nutritious!


Oh one thing I did not write about before is this. Just like the signal banana signals that the bunch is ready for harvest, the banana tree puts out a special leaf, called a spade leaf, just before the banana bell emerges.


See? I call a spade a spade, hahahahaha!!!


8 thoughts on “Almost Time for Banana Harvest

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  3. I have a question about the spade leaf. Is it the long handle part that’s joined to the plant or is the the part sticking out at the end of the leaf? I m wondering in a hopeful way if I have a spade.

  4. That was very informative. I’m hoping to see a spade leaf very soon. I took a page from Mother Weed’s book and threatened the banana plant I got from you that it’s high time to start fruiting. Think it will listen? 😉

  5. O thank you for telling me this. This takes away the guessing if something is a leaf or a bell.

    My banana tree is not signalling it is ready to bear fruits yet.
    I shall have to wait some more…

    Yours is doing wonderfully well

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