Like I said in the "Introduction Forum" https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=37779 I'm not much of a gardener, but starting to get into it...
I got a banana tree last year (I don't know the species, can't even remember where I got it from) it grew pretty good last year(planted it late in the summer), but then died back over the winter (really cold winters last few years, but that's another thread). This year it came back and I decided to start keeping track of how often a new leaf emerges; I guess it averages a new leaf (from start to finish) every 7-8 days. I started keeping track of these new leafs on the 23rd of May and as of 9 July the sixth leaf completed it's emergence. (BTW, the tree was already about five foot tall when I started tracking the emergence of its leaves)
However leaf number 7 was first seen by me on 13 July on the 14th it was about 14 inches long, but stopped growing after that. Also all the previous leaves were tightly wound, but this one started to unfurl, before this all leaves were tightly wound until they reached a lenght of about 40 inches before starting to unfurl.
So today I went out there and leaf #7 still hasn't grown much, but also there seems to be something growing from the top of the stock/trunk, it looks like what I can only describe as looking like a large corn cob with a slightly purple color to it.
Any idea what this might be?
Another strange question: Is there a standard way to measure the hight of a banana tree? Example, I see three ways to do it. 1) Simply measure to the highest point from the ground (without straightening the top leaf). 2) Extend/erect the top leaf and measure from the very tip to the ground. 3) Measure from the ground to the point of the stock/trunk where the newest leaf emerges.
I know probably a crazy question...