I walked out on the porch and looked at the sad looking clump of banana trees by the porch a few minutes ago and mentioned how I needed to cut the dead leaves off of them. This is not a normal spring chore. Normally in the spring I have to cut down the dead stalks so they can grow again but this year the stalks never died, just the leaves turned brown and I had been wondering if the banana trees might bloom this year but I never expected it to be so soon! One of the stalks has a bloom on it and little baby bananas! It seems kind of stupid to be so excited about bananas on a banana tree that isn't edible but I have had these trees for years now and never gotten a bloom.
At one time I was quite captivated by bananas and had several different varieties which I moved in and out of the greenhouse in the hopes of someday producing an actual banana but as the years went by and it never happened and as they took more and more of my time, the hobby got abandoned. This clump of banana trees are all that I have left.
My banana trees are Musa basjoo also known as Hardy Banana which is why this one was planted outside because I knew the roots could survive our winters. Over the years it has been steadily watered by the air conditioner in the window behind it and it has sent out several more stalks to become the clump that it is today. I had been thinking about separating some of the stalks this year but since they never died back, I didn't do it because I didn't want to have to transplant 10 foot stalks.
I'm curious to see if any of the other stalks produce blooms as well. The bananas this bloom should produce lots of seeds, maybe I will plant a few....