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.

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Before we arrived this year we wondered how much the garden had grown.

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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!

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Then comes some long flowery bud-like things off the top of the pod.

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They attract lots of bees.

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Then they start forming bananas.

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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.


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The bananas are small but there’s lots of them!

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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!

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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!