The banana flower, often called banana blossom, is a pendulum that forms below the last bunch of unripe bananas. It has a cone shape and its leaves (bracts) have a purple colour which resembles a heart. The centre of the flower has a whiter colour, its taste is bitter and the texture is very similar to that of a palm heart and bamboo shoots.
This Banana Flower is safe to cut from the stem, leaving the bananas to ripe on the tree. It is a common food item in South India and South east Asia and is rich in various anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins.
However many people who do have Banana groove in their gardens are not accustomed to its taste. Hence it is left on the tree to eventually wither and fall.
What is good for you is certainly good for your plants as well. You can make a fantastic fertilizer out of it and recycle the benefits of this wonderful flower to your soil and eventually to your plant.
Nutrients in Banana Flower
As mentioned earlier Banana flower is an excellent source of many vital primary and secondary nutrients. For our use as a fertilizer it is rich in Phosphorus and contains anywhere between 0.4% to 1.0% of Phosphorus depending upon its growing conditions. It also contains, on an average 0.3% Nitrogen, 0.07% Potassium, 0.033% Calcium, 0.034% Magnesium, 0.027% Sulphur, 0.04% Iron, 0.01% Copper.