Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Harvesting Bananas - How To - 1 minute movie

Harvesting Bananas - How To - 1 minute movie

Harvesting Bananas on Maui

You might have wondered... how do bananas growHow do you get them down off the tree?  Did you know that there is no woody tissue in a banana plant?  The "trunk" is more like the consistency of rolled up corrugated cardboard, and very juicy... sort of like celery. They grow in a clump with many stalks at different stages, so there's always a mature stalk or 2, and some younger ones, and also some keikis - little ones just coming up.  Again think celery or rhubarb.  You know there are no seeds to speak of, so they are propagated by removing the keikis and planting them.  It takes about a year from planting to full growth.  Very easy to grow here in Haiku, by the way.

When the bunch is just starting to turn yellow, that's when you want to cut the bananas down.  All it takes is a sharp knife or machete to do the job.  Saw through, chop or hack, and get ready to catch the bunch as it falls.   You can grab the "handle" where the old flower is dangling. 

Watch out for the banana sap - it makes nasty stains on your clothes (that don't show up until you wash them).  The runny sap that comes out of the plant is very sticky and hard to wash off, and it will ruin your good clothes.

Chop up the remains of the stalk, toss them around the base of the plant to fertilize the next generation.  Practice makes perfect, as you can see.  There you have it, a nice bunch of bananas.

Now, if you need a nice home where you can grow bananas on Maui, please let me know, I can help.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • August 05 2008 09:49PM

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I really liked this blog because I had no idea how to grow or harvest a banana.  That stalk was so big that I felt the man was viciously cutting down a tree!  The stalks must grow very very fast.  Thanks for showing this.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 9 years ago

Barbara - so glad you liked it!  I thought there must be some people who don't know, as once upon a time I didn't either.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 9 years ago

Trying to thin out the plants is a real job too! Once you cut them, they are so full of water that it is best to let them lie on the ground for a couple of days to drain before trying to move them! We have always had bananas in our yard too!!!

Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 9 years ago

BJ - we just leave the remains around the bottom, but of course we have a lot of space, and it soon recycles back to the earth.  A banana farmer told us that trick.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 9 years ago

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