Date: Fall 2012
I have a friend who has bananas that don't fruit. Does the suckers of the banana need to be removed in order to get a fruit crop?
Thanks for the question. There may be a fundamental reason why the bananas do not fruit. I recall reading that bananas are triploid, having three sets of chromosomes. For comparison, we are diploid, having two sets of chromosomes. Having an additional set of chromosomes could be expected to severely disrupt sexual reproduction and the production of viable offspring.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have additional questions.
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