Sunday, July 22, 2012
If you've read this blog for awhile, you know of my passion for bananas- that is, ornamental banana plants. They add a beautiful, exotic touch to the summer garden. This is a series of photos of one such plant that bloomed last year (see the pink flower on top? Just below the yellow flowers parts are proto-bananas). Well, the plant formed little (inedible) bananas and I let them sit on the plant, curious as to what would happen. The pink bananas stayed intact for quite a few weeks, then burst open into the flower-like structures in the third photo from top. These later formed into boxy, hard seeds (at least, I thought they were seeds). I planted them and one came up (photo 4). The photo on the bottom is the banana plant growing, and it will soon need a new pot, as it has outgrown the old one!
So, this answers an important question: do bananas have seeds?