I’ve never grown bananas before but I thought I’d give it a shot. I have an ice cream banana growing in a pot. I’m going to take it in for the winter again. One the leaves has an inner curly bit that I’ve never seen before. Is this the beginning of a flower? If so it has bad timing haha. I should add that the plant is about 5-6ft tall depending on how you measure it.
I've seen that curly que on some of my own banana trees but I've never bothered to figure out what it was. But I can say that it isn't the beginning of a flower. The flower comes out of the center of the top stalk, and it will be quite obvious.
I have a clump of ice cream bananas on my farm. The tree grows around 15 foot tall before it sends out a bloom. Compared to my other varieties, this one is slower to produce ripe bananas........longer to flower stage, plus once it does flower, longer to mature to ripe.
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to me it looks like the newest leaf pushing out of the pseudostem
the newest leaf is referred to as a cigar leaf when it is tightly coiled still like the one shown
the variety has closed petioles
ice cream bananas are known to be mislabelled due to mistakes made in tissue culturing and mass distribution before confirming the variety
you may have the variety namwah which was sold as icecream by agristarts
apparently it is very good tasting... better than icecream
and fairly cold hardy, more so than icecream
I bought this from fast-growing-trees.com if I remember right. My usual places like burnt ridge , raintree and one green world don’t stock this. I’ve heard of people getting the wrong plant before with ice cream. I’m thinking maybe a rajapuri or a dwarf cavendish might be better for this container I’m growing it in. I’m mostly growing it for the novelty. The thing that I’ve noticed about the leaves is that it was growing in the same pattern for almost 2yrs now and all of a sudden t changed. That’s why I was suspecting a flower but it’s too small for that unless my pot severely dwarfed it.
I have a maybe ice cream banana with two large pseudostems from the same corm both beginning to flower. What can I do to ensure that these twins don't set my corm back too terribly much? I mean, short of cutting one of them down. Not gonna do it.
Maybe organic sources of potassium and phosphorus?