Banana Split: What Causes It?
The reason why bananas split into three parts is because of the way they grow. They have a stem, which grows from the top part of their body and then branches outwards until it reaches its full length. When these branches reach the ground, they become roots. Roots grow downward and eventually branch off again to form new stems that continue growing upwards towards the sky. A banana plant has three main parts: stem, root and leaf.
Stem – The stem is the bottom portion of the banana plant. It’s where most of the fruit comes from.
The stem is usually green but sometimes yellow or even purple depending on how ripe the fruit is. Some varieties such as Gros Michel may have a dark stripe down one side of their stems.
Root – The root is the middle portion of the banana plant. Root is where all the nutrients come from when it comes to nutrition.
Roots are usually brown or black in color and grow underground. Sometimes there will be a small hole near the base of each root, but don’t worry if yours doesn’t have any holes! That means your banana plant hasn’t been fertilized yet so you’ll need to do that soon!
Leaf – The leaf is the top portion of the banana plant. It’s where the leaves that produce the fruit grow.
The leaf is usually green in color and is where most of the sunlight hits. Each leaf can produce up to 500 flowers, but only 1 banana if it’s been correctly taken care of.
A cracked banana is a good sign because it means your plant is getting ready to be fertilized! Make sure you water your plant with our special banana fertilizer in order to produce the best tasting bananas!
A Banana is a herb. It is a tropical plant cultivated for its oval-shaped fruit.
The fruit is soft when raw, and contains a yellow pulp around a central seed. Many varieties of banana are cultivated, including the apple banana, Ruby, Danish banan, and Finger banana (when referring to bananas, the word finger is used as a general term to any kind of banana that’s long and skinny).
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