Last year we transplanted some banana trees in a new garden in front of our casita. It was one of the last things we did before we headed back to Oregon last year.
Before we arrived this year we wondered how much the garden had grown.
Everything really took off and especially the banana trees!
I didn’t know much about how bananas grow before we had banana trees. So I thought you might like to know more about them too.
First there’s a pod that develops. I swear this one was not there yesterday and now today it is. The pod grows very fast!
Then comes some long flowery bud-like things off the top of the pod.
They attract lots of bees.
Then they start forming bananas.
It makes a long stem with the pod at the end. I’m not sure how it gets this long. It sheds petals and grows new flower buds similar to the first photos.
We chop the bunch while they’re still green and hang it off the patio to ripen. Within a week, we have lots of little yellow bananas that taste wonderful!
It’s pretty cool.
Oh, and this planter box I painted last year is a recycled washing machine drum. In another blog post I’m going to show you more planter boxes I painted.
A couple weeks ago we met a man who did some welding for us and he had a few spare washing machine drums at his shop. I asked him and he gave me two. One I painted with bright flowers and one with cactus. Stay tuned for pics.
Enjoy your weekend!