Do I cut the pod off when they stop producing on lower stem or wate until harvesting?
My Bananas do not fill out all the way to the tip. Do I cut the pod off while they are still ripening or wait for the harvest?
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The best way is to harvest the bananas as they ripen. They ripen from the back to the tip, so the tip will be the last to ripen. Some of them may never fill out, so some gardeners to choose to cut the tip of the flower off early on, when the small bananas are just starting to form. Most leave it alone, though, since it doesn't really offer that much of an advantage.
In whole, it is up to you. Cutting the flower improperly can lead to rot, or failure to fruit, however. If you are in doubt, it will be best to leave it alone.
Another thing to consider is that most of the bananas will ripen close to the same time, so many times it is easier to sacrifice the smaller fruit and cut the whole bunch at once.
This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/banana/getting-banana-plants-to-fruit.htm