Rare bloom as warm weather helps Enys Gardens banana plant bear fruit (From This is The West Country)
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Rare bloom as warm weather helps Enys Gardens banana plant bear fruit
4:00pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in Cornwall
While more famous for its stunning carpet of bluebells, the gardens at Enys House near Penryn have a rarer bloom this year thanks to the warm weather, a banana plant.
The plant has bloomed for the first time in recent memory, with the green fingered growers that care for the gardens putting the flower, and fruit, down to the run of hot weather.
And while the spectacular plant may be wonderful to look at, the results won’t be ending up in anyone’s lunchbox, as it is an inedible species of the plant with hard black seeds, native to Japan.
Head gardener at Enys, Danni Dixon, said: “Bananas are a perennial plant and it is the first time it has fruited and flowered, certainly the first time for ten or 20 years.
They normally need eight to 15 months of temperatures above 15 degrees centigrade to flower and fruit. And while we did have a cold snap last winter, the recent sunshine and warm weather was enough.”
If you want to pop along and see the fruiting banana, Enys |is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4.30pm. The gardens are kept lush with the help of a team of hard working volunteers, and the gardens are always looking for a helping hand. Get in touch with Danni on 01326 259885.
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