The banana plant
- Bananas don’t grow on trees. The banana plant is actually a giant herb.
- The stem is not wood. That’s why it’s called the pseudostem. You can peel off the fibres, sort of like an onion.
- The banana plant is 90 per cent water.
- There has to be enough space between the plants, so they don’t inhibit each others’ growth with their shadows.
- The workers cut off leaves that could damage the growing fruits.
- The banana has no seeds. When you plant a banana, you plant seedlings of a banana plant.
- The seedlings are called ”hijos”, children. Every plant consists of three generations: mother, child and grandchild.
- The workers cut away all the children except the strongest, which will form the next plant.
- The children always grow on the sunny side, so the plants ”move” around the plantation.
- Every plant gives one harvest. When the fruit has been harvested, the pseudostem is cut down and its water nourishes the child, who in turn grows and creates children.
- It takes nine months for a plant to be ready to yield its first and only harvest.
Source: El Cultivo del banano (Ministeria de agricultura y ganaderia), Programa nacional del banano, The Banana Tour guides.