SUCCESSFUL CROP FOR BANANAMAN
Warm weather leads to rare sprouting of fruit
KEEP your eyes peeled and you might spot an unusual crop in Hayes.
The recent spell of warm weather has caused no less than a banana plant to sprout outside keen gardener David Bennett’s home in Glamis Crescent.
The plant has delivered a ‘hand of bananas’ for the first time this year, much to the surprise of Mr Bennett.
He said: “I’ve grown banana plants, Musa basjoo, one of the hardier ones we can grow in this country, for about 12 years in my back garden. I’ve managed to get it to flower once before, but I’ve never ever had fruit on it.
“Because we’ve had a mild winter, the flower bud came up quite early and now I’ve got a hand of bananas.”
The 68-year-old, who worked as head gardener for the London Borough of Hillingdon and in the Norman Leddy Memorial gardens for nearly 50 years, keeps up the hobby now he is retired.
He said: “I specialise in Begonias but my garden’s full of all sorts. I always try and grow different things, I’ve got tropical palm, the seeds are getting quite big now.”
Mr Bennett hopes to keep spotting banana plants in the borough.
He added: “It certainly was a delight when I saw the fruit. I’d be interested to know if anyone else in Hayes had bananas fruited this year.
“I’ve seen garden plants in people’s gardens as you go around but it is so rare for one to actually fruit.”