If you love bananas, you’ll be ecstatic to learn that you can grow banana plant yourself. While many people in subtropical climates tend to grow banana plant outside in their yard, banana trees can actually thrive in a pot or container inside of your house. If you get the correct materials and plant and care for your tree properly, you can grow your very own banana tree right at home. Within a year of planting, you can have fruit growing on your new banana tree!
There are banana varieties that can withstand temperature drops and grows well in pots or containers, popular especially among the fans of exotic tropical plants.
The first question that may come up in your mind is– Will banana tree in a pot can bear fruits?
And the answer is yes. It is possible, a banana tree bears fruits in pot prolifically. It may take up to 3 to 5 years to fruit if grown from seeds.
- Growing Banana Plant in Gardens
- Planting the Banana Plant in pot or container
- Banana Plants Varieties you can Grow in Pots or Indoors
- Requirements for Growing Banana Plant in Pots
- Planting Your Banana Plant
- Caring for Your Banana Plants
- Overwintering Banana Tree
- Pests and Diseases
- Propagating Banana Plants – Growing Banana Trees From Seeds
- Can You Grow Bananas from Seed?
- Propagating Banana Plants
- Bananas Are Not Really a Tree!
- Is It Hard To Grow A Banana Tree?
- Popular Types Of Cold Hardy Bananas
- Popular “Tropical” Banana Trees
- Banana Plant Care – Understand The Growth Process
- Propagation – Care and Growing A Banana Tree Plant
- Steps To Grow Banana Trees Successfully
- Can Banana Plants Grow In Containers?
- Care Of Banana Plants In The Wintertime
- Timing Is Important!
- Are Banana Plants Subject To Diseases And Pests?
- Is It Worth All The Effort?
Growing Banana Plant in Gardens
Best Banana Varieties for Gardens
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Cavendish is the variety that you know from the shops. It’s a stout variety that produces large heavy bunches.
Lady Fingers are very tall and slender plants and have sweeter fruit.
Plantains are cooking bananas. They are drier and more starchy. You use them green like you would use potatoes, and they taste similar.
(80% of all bananas grown in the world are plantain varieties! They are an important staple food in many tropical countries.)
There are other varieties, but those are the most popular and most commonly grown. If you have got favorite banana varieties, let’s start to plant it.
Bananas love sun and heat so pick a sunny location where they will receive light most of the day. Fruiting bananan plants will stop growing if in a mostly shady location; as well shady locations tend to stay wet longer especially in the winter when it is important to reduce watering as it may lead to root rot.
2. Allow sufficient space.
While banana plants are technically herbs, they are often mistaken for trees for a reason. Some varieties and individuals can reach 7.6 m (25ft.) in height, although you should check the source of your banana plant or local banana growers for a more accurate estimate for your locale and variety.
- Each banana plant requires a hole at least 30cm(1ft.) wide and 30cm (1ft.) deep. Larger holes should be used in areas of high wind (but will require more soil).
- Keep banana plants at least 4.5m(15ft) from trees and shrubs (not other banana plants) with large root systems that may compete with the bananas’ water.
- Multiple banana plants help each other maintain beneficial humidity and temperature levels, as long as they are planted at the correct distance. If you can, plant several plants in a clump with 2–3m(6.5–10ft.) between each one, or a large number of banana plants 3–5m(10–16ft.) from each other.
- Dwarf varieties require less space.
3. Select your planting material.
You can acquire a banana sucker (small shoot from the base of a banana plant) from another grower or plant nursery, or buy one online. A banana rhizome or corm is the base from which suckers grow. Tissue cultures are produced in laboratories to create higher fruit yield. If you’re transplanting a mature plant, prepare a hole appropriate to its size and have an assistant help you.
- The best suckers to use are 1.8-2.1m (6–7ft) in height and have thin, sword-shaped leaves, although smaller suckers should work well if the mother plant is healthy. Big, round leaves are a sign that the sucker is trying to make up for a lack of adequate nutrition from the mother plant.
- If the sucker is still attached to a mother plant, remove it by cutting forcefully downward with a clean shovel. Include a significant portion of the underground base (corm) and its attached roots.
- A rhizome (corm) without notable suckers can be chopped into pieces. Each piece with a bud (proto-sucker) will grow into a banana plant, but this will take longer than using a sucker.
4. Dig a hole for each plant.
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Remove any plants or weeds that are growing on the planting site, then dig a circular hole 30cm wide and 30 cm deep (1ft. x 1 ft.) A larger hole will provide greater support for the plant but require more soil.
5. Fill the hole with loose, rich soil.
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Leave several centimeters (a few inches) of space at the top to encourage drainage.
- Do not use potting soil, nor your regular garden soil unless you are sure it is suitable. Soil mixes intended for cacti can produce good results, or ask other growers of the same banana variety.
- The ideal soil acidity for bananas is between pH 5.5 and 7. Acidity pH 7.5 or higher can kill the plant.
6. Place the plant upright in the new soil.
The leaves should be pointing upward and the soil should cover the roots and 1.5–2.5cm (0.5–1 inches) of the base. Tamp the soil down to keep it in place but don’t pack too firmly.
Planting the Banana Plant in pot or container
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Banana is a lush green, fast-growing plant that can give any place a tropical look and feel. Many varieties become excellent houseplants that don’t need much care and grow up very quickly.
Dwarf varieties of banana trees can grow anywhere between 2 to 4 meters. Compared to the ordinary banana trees that can reach up to 15 meters high.
Banana Plants Varieties you can Grow in Pots or Indoors
These dwarf varieties of banana tree restrict up to only 1.5 m to 4 m. (4 to 12 feet) tall and are suitable to grow in containers. You can also grow these banana varieties indoors.
- Dwarf Red
- Dwarf Cavendish
- Dwarf Brazilian
- Dwarf Jamaican
- Rajapuri (Musa)
- Williams Hybrid
- Gran Nain
- Dwarf ‘Lady Finger’
If you would like to grow ornamental bananas check out these varieties:
- Ensete ventricosum
- Musa sikkimensis ‘Red Tiger’
- Musa ornata
Requirements for Growing Banana Plant in Pots
Banana trees grow in tropical and subtropical parts of the world and therefore they love full sun, heat and humidity. If you’re growing banana tree you should keep it in a spot that receives the sun most of the day but preferably sheltered from the wind.
Growing Banana tree requires well-draining soil, sandy soil that is rich in organic matters and compost. Buy a good quality potting mix for your banana tree. If you are making it at home make sure to mix sand, perlite, and compost or manure.
Banana needs slightly acidic to neutral soil to produce those potassium rich nutritious bananas. The soil pH should be around 6 – 7. If your soil is alkaline mix sulfur to decrease the pH.
Planting Your Banana Plant
1. Purchase a corm or banana tree online or at the store.
The corm is the base of the banana tree and contains the tree’s roots. If you don’t want to plant the corm and wait for the tree to grow, you can buy a young banana tree or a banana tree sucker. This will bypass having to grow new suckers from the corm, and may make it easier to plant your tree.
You may also be able to buy young banana trees or banana corms at a local nursery.
2. Rinse the banana corm thoroughly with lukewarm water.
It’s important that you rinse the banana corm before planting it to remove any pests that might be on it. Rinsing the corm will also help remove any bacterial or fungal growth.
3. Dig a small hole for the banana corm.
Fill your pot with the soil that you purchased from the gardening store. Use a spade to dig a small hole in the center of your pot about three inches (7.62 cm) deep. You may have to dig a deeper hole to accommodate the size of your corm. Make sure to leave enough space around the corm so that you can plant it deep into your pot. To test this, place your corm in the hole and make sure that the top 20% of the corm sticks out of the hole. This portion of your tree should remain exposed until new leaves start sprouting. Once the corm is planted, fill in the gaps on the side with soil.
4. Bury the banana corm into the soil and cover the roots.
Take your corm and place it in the hole that you just dug, roots side down. When planting your corm, make sure that it’s 3 inches (7.5 cm) from the sides of your pot all around it so that the roots have room to grow. The top 20% of your corm should be exposed until the banana tree starts to grow leaves.
When shoots or suckers start to grow from your corm, you can cover the rest of the corm with compost.
5. Water your tree.
Water your plant thoroughly with a hose when you first plant it, saturating all of the soil surrounding the corm. Bring your tree outside and allow the water to drain through the drainage holes. After this initial watering, you can use a watering can to keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. Do not put your pot on a saucer because the pool of water can lead to bacteria and rot.
Caring for Your Banana Plants
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Fertilize your tree once a month. Fertilize young plant when it establishes well with magnesium, potassium, and nitrogen-rich to help it grow faster. Combine a soluble fertilizer with water or sprinkle the top of the soil with a granular fertilizer. Regularly fertilizing the plant will provide the roots with the proper nutrients and minerals and will promote your tree’s growth.
During the spring and summer, you can fertilize your plant once a week. If you can’t find a soluble fertilizer that is made specifically for tropical plants, consider getting a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer.
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Banana loves moisture. Water it regularly and deeply but care not to overwater. In summer, water it every day. It may need water even two times a day in hot weather or when it is root bound. Soil for growing banana plants should be kept uniformly moist. Reduce watering in winter.
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Make sure that your tree gets bright, indirect sunlight. Banana trees thrive in indirect sunlight and prefer shaded areas. If you live in a seasonal climate, you can put your banana tree outside during the summer months when it’s warm. Make sure to position the tree next to surrounding foliage that can block out the direct rays of the sun. Rotate the container regularly to make sure that all sides of the plant are receiving sunlight. If your tree is indoors, put it next to a large window so that it can get adequate sunlight.
Overwintering Banana Tree
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Banana plants stop growing when the temperature drops below 50 ° Fahrenheit. Before the onset of winter, do heavy mulching and prune the leaves. Put it in a warm, bright room till the spring.
Bring your tree inside when the temperature drops below 57 °F (14 °C). Cold and heavy winds aren’t healthy for your banana plant and can disrupt the growth of fruit. If you know that your yard will have cold winds, consider bringing your banana plant inside, or insulating it with rows of trees. If the seasons are changing, it’s best that you bring your tree inside before it starts to get cold out. Your banana trees will start dying at 50°F (10°C).
Pests and Diseases
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Bananas are quite resistant to diseases, still when you see the leaves turning brown and drying at the edges it means you’re overwatering and if the leaves turn yellow, banana plant is having a lack of nutrients.
Some pests that might attack banana plant are banana aphids, banana weevil, and coconut scale. These pests can easily be repelled using organic pesticides.
Propagating Banana Plants – Growing Banana Trees From Seeds
Commercially grown bananas that are cultivated specifically for consumption don’t have seeds. Over time, they have been modified to have three sets of genes instead of two (triploid) and produce no seeds. In nature, however, one encounters many banana types with seeds; in fact, some seeds are so large it is difficult to get to the pulp. That said, can you grow bananas from seed? Read on to find out about growing banana trees from seeds.
Can You Grow Bananas from Seed?
As mentioned above, the banana you are eating for breakfast has been genetically tinkered with to lack seeds and are usually Cavendish bananas. There are many other banana varieties out there and they do contain seeds.
Cavendish bananas are propagated by pups or suckers, pieces of rhizome that form into miniature banana plants that can be severed from the parent and planted to become a separate plant. In the wild, bananas are propagated via seed. You, too, can grow seed grown bananas.
Propagating Banana Plants
If you want to grow seed grown bananas, be aware that the resulting fruit will not be like those you buy at the grocers. They will contain seeds and, depending upon the variety, might be so large that the fruit is difficult to get to. That said, from what I have read, many people say the flavor of wild bananas is superior to the grocery store version.
To begin germinating the banana seeds, soak the seed in warm water for 24 to 48 hours to break the seed dormancy. This softens the seed coat, enabling the embryo to sprout more easily and rapidly.
Prepare an outdoor bed in a sunny area or use a seed tray or other container and fill with potting soil enriched with plenty of organic compost in the amount of 60% sand or airy, loam to 40% organic matter. Sow the banana seeds 1/4 inch deep and backfill with compost. Water the seeds until the soil is moist, not drenched, and maintain damp conditions while growing banana trees from seeds.
When germinating banana seeds, even hardy bananas, keep the temperature at least 60 degrees F. (15 C.). Different varieties respond to temperature fluxes differently, however. Some do well with 19 hours of cool and 5 hours of warm temps. Using a heated propagator and turning it on during the day and off at night may be the easiest way to monitor temperature fluctuations.
The time that a banana seed germinates, again, depends on the variety. Some germinate in 2-3 weeks while others may take two or more months, so be patient when propagating banana plants via seed.
If you want a tropical look in your garden almost anywhere, give a cold hardy banana tree plant a try. Banana trees, the genus Musa, a rugged choice that grows well and will over winter in USDA plant hardiness zones up to Zone 4.
The name Musa honors the 1st century B.C. Roman physician honors Antonia Musa.
With plenty of space, ample sunshine and rich, well-drained soil, you can enjoy the beauty of exotic an banana tree in your yard during your area’s growing season year-after-year.
In this article we will share valuable information to help you successfully grow bananas, even in challenging climates. Read on to learn more.
Bananas Are Not Really a Tree!
Let’s begin by dispelling the notion that bananas grow on trees. In fact, some people refer to them as a “Banana palm tree.” However, banana leaf plants are actually very large herbaceous perennial herbs in the order known as Zingiberales. Other members of this order include:
- Bird of Paradise Flowers
- Various Types of Ginger
- Parakeet Heliconias
The trunk or main stem of a banana is a pseudostem (false stem). The developing banana stem leaf stalks wrapped one within the other make up the pseudostem.
All growth takes place in the pseudostem. New leaves begin growing in the interior of this stalk and emerge as they begin to mature. The flower stalk also begins growing inside the pseudostem and emerges from the top. Eventually, developing into a bunch of banana fruit.
Is It Hard To Grow A Banana Tree?
Surprisingly, these exotic tropical plants have very basic requirements; however, the care you provide must be consistent and ample. Take a little time to learn how to grow bananas successfully, make them happy and keep them happy.
To grow banana successfully you must provide generous amounts of:
- Organic Matter and Mulch
- Potassium and Nitrogen
- Consistent Warmth
- Consistent Moisture
- Consistent Humidity
- Fertile, Dark, Rich Soil
In addition to providing these conditions, you must also understand that a banana tree plant do not like to stand alone.
They grow from a central corm (rhizome). In nature the parent plant dies back after producing fruit and its offspring shoot up from the corm to take its place.
This growth pattern, allows the plants to grow in small groves, the way nature intended. They need the shelter of one another as protection against wind and sun. Allowing them to grow in small groups helps them make the most of available nutrients.
This also helps create the humidity needed in order to thrive. Growing together in small clumps helps to protect banana plants against extremes of heat and cold, periods of drought and excessive exposure. This is essential in keeping them healthy and happy.
Popular Types Of Cold Hardy Bananas
When seeking the best banana plant for your area, choose from the more popular and hardier choices. Here are a few to consider:
- Musa velutina (Pink Banana): Because this variety blooms early, you have more of a chance of having it develop fruit. A pink fruit grown as an ornamental, as opposed to an edible plant.
- Musella lasiocarpa: A dwarf banana tree variety not actually a banana but a banana relative. The plant produces a very large yellow fruit shaped like an artichoke.
Also known as Ensete lasiocarpum, commonly called the Chinese dwarf banana
- Musa basjoo: A very large variety that is extremely cold hardy.
These are a few of the most popular types. There are many excellent varieties of hardy banana varieties available. Confer with your local nursery, garden club and fellow gardeners to find out which types work best in your area.
Popular “Tropical” Banana Trees
Musa x paradisiaca
- A cross of (Musa acuminata x Musa balbisiana)
- A large, fast-growing, herbaceous perennial, a sterile triploid, suckering hybrid likes a well-drained soil
- Grows in USDA Zones 9-11 for its tasty yellow-skinned fruit
- Commonly known as the edible banana or French plantain
- Produces huge oblong to paddle-shaped leaves up to 8′ feet long
- Yellow flowers with purple-red bracts
- The pseudostem dies after flowering and fruiting
Ensete ventricosum “Maurelli”
- Commonly known as the Ensete Maurelii Banana, red Abyssinian banana
- Grown for the bright olive green, ornamental foliage with prominent strong leaf midribs
- Huge, banana-like, evergreen perennial
- Generally ventricosum does not produce suckers
- Fast-growing reaching 12-20′ tall
- Huge paddle-shaped leaves (to 10-20’+ long and 2-4’ wide)
- Produces inedible, dry 3″ inch long fruit
Dwarf Cavendish Bananas
One banana plant variety offered over 50 years ago as an indoor banana tree is the “Dwarf Cavendish.” It was described in catalogs as:
“A fascinating topical plant for growing indoors in winter. Makes excellent patio or landscaping plant in summer. Compact grower with attractive, large wide leaves. Bears delicious banana in 12 to 18 months”.
Even cooking bananas.
Banana Plant Care – Understand The Growth Process
As mentioned, bananas grow from a corm or rhizome and produce a pseudostem made up of furled leaves and the start of the banana flower.
As the plant grows and matures, the leaves emerge and the female flowers transform into a berry like fruit that start out curling up toward light.
Collectively, all the fruit is called a “bunch”. As the bananas mature they begin growing downward separating into smaller groups called “hands”. Each individual banana within the hand is referred to as a “finger”.
It takes approximately nine months for a banana tree to mature, grow leaves, flower and produce fruit. Once completed the parent plant dies back and baby plants (a.k.a. suckers or pups) take its place.
It’s important to understand that in non-tropical settings your banana plants will not produce fruit. Still the large, lush leaves are attractive as are the flowers. If your plant does produce bananas, don’t be surprised if the fruit is of only ornamental (as opposed to edible) value.
Propagation – Care and Growing A Banana Tree Plant
So, how to grow a banana tree?
Just as with other rhizomes, you should divide your banana plants from time-to-time to prevent overcrowding. Separate them annually if you wish. If you are not that industrious, once every three years will do. Division is the best and most efficient means of propagating bananas.
To divide bananas, separate the suckers or pups from the rhizome using a very sharp spade and quite a bit of strength. When dividing, make sure the suckers have plenty of roots to get a good start when replanted.
Once you separate the sucker from the parent mother plant, allow the surface of the rhizome section to dry for a day or so. At this point, it will be ready for replanting in any desired location.
You may wish to plant banana pups in pots to keep them indoors as potted plants through winter. Once all danger of frost passes, replant in larger containers or directly into the ground outdoors.
Remember, young plants of all kinds are delicate when first placed outdoors after winter. Take steps to acclimate the young banana before putting them out, and protect them from the direct rays of the sun for a couple of weeks after transplanting banana trees.
Steps To Grow Banana Trees Successfully
To avoid temperature extremes, plant new banana trees after all danger of frost passes. Do not expose tender young plants to temperatures lower than 57°F as this can slow down their growth process.
Most types of bananas prefer full sun. Some variegated varieties with their leaves ability to easily scorch do better in partial shade.
Give bananas plenty of room to grow by digging a deep hole to accommodate it. For the best results, prepare the soil well before planting. The soil should be well-drained, deep and organically amended. Slightly acidic soil (5.52 6.5 pH) is preferred.
A banana require lots of nourishment. These heavy feeders need ample amounts of organic matter, such as green sand. Pay close attention to potassium levels. Potassium is an extremely important element as bananas are filled with potassium, so this is a very necessary nutrient for the plant.
Remember banana trees are tropical and hail from rain forests. They need a lot of water, and they need plenty of moisture in the air. This is one reason why they do best planted in groups rather than as single specimens. Being close together helps them retain moisture in the leaves. Provide one or 2 inches of water weekly and check frequently to make certain the soil stays evenly moist.
Position your plants in such a way to protect them against strong winds. Their large leaves damage easily with inclement weather. Strong winds (30 mph) will merely shred the leaves; however, exposure to winds over 40 miles an hour will break the pseudostem and knock the plant down.
Being broken and knocked over won’t kill the plant, but it will mean the growth process will need to start all over again and prevent any fruit production for the current year.
Protect plants against temperature extremes as much as possible. Even very hardy, cold tolerant banana plants like consistent temperatures ranging between 75°F and 95°F.
When temperatures drop growth slows down, and very cold temperatures cause plants to die back. To guard against temperature extremes, plant in sheltered locations. Provide more protection by bringing your plants indoors or taking winterization steps when cold weather hits.
Can Banana Plants Grow In Containers?
Banana trees will grow in containers but realize the containers must be very large. Fifteen gallon pots is the minimum size required for optimum growth.
The advantage of growing bananas in containers gives you complete control over the plant’s environment. You can protect it very well against cold and inclement weather.
Growing banana trees in containers does present particular challenges, though. Because these are very hungry and thirsty plants, you may find it difficult to keep up with the feeding and watering requirements.
Younger, smaller plants may do fine with watering every couple of days; however, larger more mature plants need a daily drenching daily. All potted bananas need very frequent and copious applications of banana tree fertilizer.
Repot and divide container grown banana plants at least once every three years. Use a very high quality of potting mix and make sure to fertilize regularly.
In wintertime, move container banana plants indoors and keep it as a houseplant – provided you have enough room to accommodate it. Remember a banana can grow to reach 12′ to 18′ feet high.
In addition to plenty of headroom, provide your indoor banana plant with ample light, warmth and humidity.
It is quite challenging to keep a banana plant as an indoor plant in the wintertime. Many gardeners choose to overwinter plants in a cool dark space, such as a basement. Others take steps to winterize their plants inside.
Care Of Banana Plants In The Wintertime
During winter you can protect banana plants against temperature extremes in many different ways. We’ve already touched upon the concept of keeping a banana plant in a container and moving it indoors or into a warmer location during the colder months.
For some potting, isn’t an option. However, you can dig a plant up in autumn and store it in a cool location where it will be safe from freezing. When you do this, the plant will go into a dormant phase for overwintering.
It is also possible to leave your banana plant in place, cut back the leaves, insulate the pseudostem and mulch heavily. Or simply cut the plant back almost to the ground and mulch very heavily over and around it.
What’s the difference between these two choices? If you can successfully protect the pseudostem throughout the winter, your banana plant will start growing from that point again in the coming year.
If you cut the plant all the way down to the ground, it will need to start from the ground, and not attain as much height. However, with proper care plants can grow to reach 12 to 18 feet high during the growing season!
If you decide that having a very tall banana plant is important to you, you will need to decide how you want to insulate the pseudostem against damage. Depending on the severity of your winter and personal preferences, you can use several different materials to protect the pseudostem and to mulch. You may wish to:
- Insulate the pseudostem with a layer of plastic, insulation material and a second layer of plastic.
- Build a wire mesh cage surrounding the pseudostem and fill it with shredded leaves.
- Insulate the pseudostem with heavy duty bubble-wrap.
All of these are good choices, and you may wish to experiment with all of them if you have several banana plants to protect. No matter which one you choose, you will want to mulch heavily around the base of the plant to keep the soil from freezing.
Keep in mind that even if the insulated pseudostem of your plant dies back, if you have mulched heavily over and around it the rhizome should survive. The main thing is to get good insulation over and around the heart of the plant for the winter.
The very best material to use for mulching is shredded leaves. Whole leaves may tend to hold too much moisture in place. Other materials such as grass, hay and pine straw don’t provide the right balance of aeration and insulation.
Timing Is Important!
No matter what you decide, be sure to do it before the first frost. Prepare your banana tree for winter shortly before the first frost. It should not sit around covered in mulch, insulation, bubble-wrap and/or plastic during warm weather!
Once all danger of frost passes in the springtime, disassemble your winterization steps. You needn’t remove the mulch entirely. Simply spread it around and work it into the soil to help hold moisture in and continue feeding your plant.
Are Banana Plants Subject To Diseases And Pests?
A well cared for banana plant will resist most pests and diseases, but you may occasionally experience problems with insects, such as grasshoppers or spider mites. When this happens, you may need to use a commercially prepared miticide or insecticide for pest control in dealing with them.
Also, keep in mind that in some places banana leaves and stalks are used as livestock fodder. They are edible, nutritious and perhaps tasty to animals such as deer, rabbits or perhaps your own herbivorous pets and/or livestock. You may want to put up fencing to protect plants against being eaten.
In tropical regions, Panama disease (fusarium wilt) a fungus can be an issue for bananas; however, in areas with very cold wintertime temperatures, this problem is lessened. There is some danger of winter rot if your plant becomes too wet while in a dormant phase.
Avoid fungus damage to dormant plants by waiting until the last minute to insulate them. Use chopped leaves as mulch to prevent excess water buildup. Be sure to remove protective coverings as soon as all danger of frost passes.
Is It Worth All The Effort?
If your idea of perfection is an effortless perennial garden, don’t add banana trees to your landscape. However, you may enjoy young ones as potted specimens and then passing them on to more ambitious gardening friends.
On the other hand, if you consider yourself an avid gardener who enjoys careful care of unusual plants from season to season, banana plants make for a natural addition to the garden. If you already garden with other types of plants that grow from rhizomes, adding care of banana plants is not much of a stretch.
If you like big, beautiful, lush tropical plants with large, impressive greenery, a banana plant makes a very fine choice, indeed. You’ll find a number of hardy banana plants to choose from, to amass a nice collection of varied specimens if you desire.
In the final analysis, the best way to decide to grow banana plants is to try them. These days, these exotic beauties are affordable and easy to come by. With so many choices in care methods, a little trial and error will surely result in happy and successful in banana tree care!
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——————————————————————————– Order: 28842 Rating: Excellent Comments: Price Rating: Good Shipping Options Rating: Excellent Delivery Rating: Excellent Ease Of Purchase Rating: Excellent Customer Service Rating: Excellent Title: Body: Hello. I bought 7 different bananas trees at once, which arrived safely and well wrapped in a US postal box. I am very happy with my first purchase and might even buy some more in the near future.
——————————————————————————– Order: 28808 Rating: Excellent Comments: Price Rating: Excellent Shipping Options Rating: Excellent Delivery Rating: Excellent Ease Of Purchase Rating: Excellent Customer Service Rating: Excellent Title: Body: I am very satisfied with my purchase. I bought 2 banana trees a Texas and California Gold which are recommended for my USDA zone 7. They arrived nicely packaged with care and had no damage to the leaves. Banana Trees are already growing and are very healthy.
Be careful when buying field grown banana tree
offshoots. Some growers sell water banana tree
shoots which have big leaves when small, these
banana plants are no good for landscaping or
bananas and should be cut off as the main banana
plant grows. Good field grown banana tree
offshoots (corms) have sword like thin leaves until
3′ tall. We have banana plants grown from healthy
tissue culture Clones. It is the only way to get
disease free healthy banana plants. My banana trees
are guaranteed to grow and to arrive in good
condition. Banana plant growing instructions are
included. Banana trees should produce very sweet
tasting bananas in 9 TO 12 months. The height can
be controlled on most all banana plants, to any size,
by just holding back on the fertilizer or the pot size.
You must contact us within 4 days for damage by
shipping or to get a replacement or refund with
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Banana plants shipped only in the U.S.A. We sell the
easiest banana plants and banana trees to grow and
all can be grown in full sun, shade or inside your
All Banana Plants weight is more than 16 oz.
We have a perfect record with the Better Business
All small plants are 2 months old not 1 month like
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED.
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Dwarf Cavendish banana tree – banana plant
shipping Now. Dwarf Cavendish banana plants get 5
to 6ft. and produces wonderful sweet tasting fruit. A
vigorous banana tree with wider green leaves. One
of the more common banana plant varieties in the
USA. It is often seen container grown in back yards
and botanical gardens alike. These banana trees
have large bunches of full sized sweet smooth fruit.
Beautiful healthy 12″ banana plant with wide leaves
Rowe Red banana plants – banana trees This is a
banana plant grown for its attractive foliage only.
The fruit is seeded and inedible. The slender banana
plant grows 5-7 feet and is wind and cold resistant.
The banana tree is well adapted to container
growing and when grown this way will only reach 3-5
feet unless grown in a very large container. The
banana tree stem is completely red. The banana
plant leaves are narrow with green and red mottling
on the top and solid maroon coloring on the bottom.
Beautiful approx. 12″ banana plant shipped.
Dwarf Green – Red banana plant – banana tree This
is a beautiful dwarf green banana plant with red and
green markings. This banana tree grows to 8′. Sweet
tasting, green skinned fruit that turns yellow. Dark
red & green trunk and on the borders of the large
green leaves is a very thin red line. This is a Dwarf
Red banana tree that mutates to a Green Red
banana tree. A great banana plant for collecters.
Real nice approx. 12″ size banana plant.
Hawaiian Red Iholena banana trees – banana plants
Hawaiian Red Iholena banana tree is a versatile
variety and is not only a beautiful banana plant, with
the underside of the banana tree leaves being a soft
burgundy color, but also used for eating out of
hand, dehydrating, and cooking. This has to be the
one of the best looking banana plants reaching up
to 12′ with good growing conditions. Very sweet
dessert banana. Nice healthy approx. 12″ banana
MYSORE Banana tree – banana plant The banana
tree with the most popular and delicious lady finger
bananas we have tasted. Popular in India, the
mysore banana trees are an important commercial
crop for that area of the world and we see why. The
shelf life of these delicious little morsels out last any
other by several days. They are sturdy and resistant
to most problems as well as a fast growing banana
tree. It is green leafed with a red midrib. Undersides
of banana plant leaves have pinkish, waxy coating.
Loved by children and adults alike! Banana tree
Height 14-16 ft. Healthy approx. 12″ to 14″ banana
Apple banana tree – banana plant Dessert type
banana tree, pleasant apple flavor when fully ripe.
Fruit: 4 to 6 inches. This banana tree grows to 10 to
12 feet. The size and quality of this banana tree
makes it one of the worlds best eating bananas as
well as one of the best dessert bananas. Very thin
skined when ripe and super flavor. Sweetest banana
I’ve ever eaten. Excellent banana tree for container
growing as in the ground. Nice looking too. Healthy
approx. 12″ high banana plant shipped with soil.
Lady Finger Banana tree Banana plant Indian
cultivar banana tree with may small, very tasty
fruits. It is wind and disease resistant. A very
beautiful plant with large green leaves. Can reach
heights of up to 16’. Healthy 12″ plant with soil
Saba banana tree – banana plant If you want a big
banana tree fast get this one. The “sequoia” of the
banana plants with huge pseudostem (range 12-24″
diameter) and banana tree heights ranging from 16-
20 ft. here, however the height can be controled to
any size by just holding back on the banana plant
fertilizer. Does great indoors. The wonderful tasting
cooking banana makes the best tostones we have
ever eaten. Can be eaten raw also, A sturdy banana
plant and somewhat cool tolerant. A must for the
collector. Very healthy approx. 12″ to 14″ banana
Dwarf Red banana tree – banana plant This banana
tree is known by many names in other parts of the
world, (Cuban Red banan tree, Jamaican Red
banana tree, Indio, Macaboo, etc) this very sweet
lady finger banana plant type fruit is one of the most
beautiful. It turns “sunset” colors when ripening
from dark burgundy to orange, yellow-green and
mutated colors in between. The full bodied flavor
and distinctive sweetness make it worth the wait to
give fruit. My Favorite eating banana of all types,
has a mellow peach flavor. The banana plant is very
attractive, having a dark maroon pseudostem and
redish pink in the midrib of the leaves. Very wide
green leaves that are so beautiful. The dwarf Red
banana tree grows 8 ft. to 10′. Beautiful healthy
dwarf red banana plant approx 12″ with soil.
High Color Mini Banana Plant This is a Super Dwarf
Cavendish banana plant variety that only gets 3′
high. Produces excellent dessert type fruit. Great
for indoors. Has red bloches on leaf top, a beautiful
potted plant too. Nice 1 month old plant shipped
BASJOO banana trees – banana plants The plant
has long, slender, bright green leaves. The ‘Basjoo’
is the world’s cold hardiest banana tree. It is hardy
planted in ground to -3°F and with protective
mulching it can survive temperatures reaching down
to -20°F. Its inflorescence is one of the most
beautiful of all bananas. Strong fibers in the trunk of
the ‘Basjoo’ have been used to make fabrics. It is a
great landscape plant, it lends a tropical appearance
to any situation. This is a great addition for
gardeners living in cold temperate areas. ‘Basjoo’
also does very well in containers and makes a good
interior plant. This banana can be grown in all 50
states. Does not produce edible bananas… Approx.
12″ tall healthy banana plant shipped.
Giant Plantain tree The ‘Giant Plantain’ is rather
slender and grows to a height of about 14 to 18 feet.
The plant produces heads of long fruit with five to
seven hands. The fruit are usually cooked rather
than eaten fresh. The ‘Giant Plantain’ is not very
wind tolerant but will grow well in protected areas.
Healthy approx 12″ plant with soil shipped.
ROSE banana plant – banana tree One of our latest
banana tree acquisitions and a real beauty. The
slender banana tree pseudostem displays a soft
reddish color and grows rapidly. The small fruit are
very sweet and delicate. This banana tree is
resistant to fusarium wilt, grows 6-8 ft. tall. Approx.
12″ high healthy banana plant shipped.
Goldfinger Banana tree Banana plant A recent
product of the banana plant breeding program in
Honduras, this cultivar has commercial potential.
This banana tree has a high wind resistance, some
cold tolerance, and excellent disease resistance with
s strong pseudostem and base. It is an outstanding
producer of delicious tasting bananas. Healthy
approx 12″ high plant with soil.
Pitogo Banana Plant Banana Tree ‘Pitogo’ is a very
unusual banana. It has a solid green pseudostem 10
to 12 feet in height. Banana resemble tennis balls in
size and in shape; they are round not elongated. A
Dessert banana with excellent flavor. ‘Pitogo’ is a
must for serious collectors. Grows in Zone 8-10.
Healthy approx. 12″ high plant with soil shipped.
Praying Hands Banana tree Banana Plant This
banana tree produces perhaps the most unusual
and distinctive of all banana fruits. Two adjacent
hands of bananas are fused, giving the appearance
of praying hands. This is not just a collector’s item,
the fruits are delicious ripe, containing a hint of
vanilla flavor. When totally ripe, individual bananas
can be carefully separated from each other. An
excellent all-around plant with some wind
resistance; it is very collectible. Healthy approx. 12″
tall plant with soil shipped.
Rajapuri Banana Tree Banana Plant The ‘Rajapuri’
is small at 6 to 8 feet tall. This banana plant that
originated from India is a first choice for
landscaping. The banana plant is totally green, has a
very thick stem and stands up very well to wind. The
leaves are wider than those of most bananas
growing up to 3 feet wide. It is the best plant to grow
in marginal areas or where a grower does not intend
to put much care into the cultivation of bananas.
The heads of fruit are of moderate size with medium
sized fruit that are very sweet. Healthy approx. 12″
tall plant with soil shipped.
Williams Hybrid Banana Tree Banana Plant ‘Williams
Hybrid’ is one of the main bananas of commerce.
This banana plant grows to 6 to 8 feet. They
produce very large heads of fruit that are sweet and
delicious. They are wind resistant and cold hardy.
Healthy approx. 12″ high plant with siol shipped.
1000 Fingers Banana tree banana plant This novelty
is as unique as beautiful. When full grown at 10-12
ft. It produces a stalk of tiny round bananas that can
continue to make fruit until it touches the ground
(sometimes 5 ft. long or more) Mostly used for
ornamentation or landscape however the fruit is
edible and sweet.
Banana Leaves for Cooking 2 Big Banana leaves
(approx. 4’x 2′) for cooking. This is a little more than
comes in the frozen packs available from others.
And these are Fresh cut the day we send. 6 to 12
leaves needed usually for med. pig. Shipped by
See recipes at the banana info page.
More Banana plant info (Banana Leaves Recipes at
bottom of this page)
Banana Plant Information
Banana plants are the largest plants on earth
without a woody stem. They are actually giant herbs
of the same family as lilies, orchids and palms.
Today’s commercial banana trees are scientifically
classified into the genus Musa of the Musaceae
The Cavendish banana tree is the most common
variety of bananas now imported to the United
States. The Cavendish banana tree is a shorter,
stubbier plant than earlier varieties. It was
developed to resist plant diseases, insects and
windstorms better than its predecessors. The
Cavendish banana tree fruit is of medium size, has a
creamier, smooth texture, and a thinner peel than
Banana trees are perennial crops that are grown and
harvested year-round. The banana plant does not
grow from a seed but rather from a rhizome or bulb.
Each fleshy banana plant bulb will sprout new
shoots year after year.
Each banana plant bears only one stem of fruit. To
produce a new stem, only two shoots – known as the
daughter and the granddaughter – are allowed to
grow and be cultivated from the main banana plant.
The banana tree reaches its full height of 6 to 25
feet in about one year. The trunk of a banana plant
is made of sheaths of overlapping leaves, tightly
wrapped around each other like celery stalks.
When a banana tree leaf formation is completed, a
flowering stalk emerges from the top and a large
bud grows downward from the stalk’s tip. Purplish
leaves around the bud unfold and banana blossoms
are revealed. Each female blossom becomes an
individual banana fruit.
On each banana tree stem, ten or more bananas
growing together are called “hands” and a single
banana is called a “finger.” Four to six bananas sold
in the retail store are called a “cluster.”
Within 10 to 12 months, banana tree stems are
ready to be harvested. Stems average 150 fingers
and weigh 85 to 100 pounds each. Once a stem is
removed, the main plant is cut away and the
daughter becomes the main plant repeated the cycle.
HOW TO GROW BANANAS
The banana (Musa accuminata) is a berry formed
from a superior ovary of three joined carpels
arranged in an axile placentation. The flowers are
born on long and pendulous inflorescence which are
usually unisexual, that is, the female flowers are
born near to the base of the peduncle (producing
the typical banana berry fruits) whilst the male
flowers are born on the tip of the same peduncle.
Seed may be produced or more usually, develop the
berry parthenocarpically. Both the seeded and the
parthenocarpic berry are very similar in structure
Broad, long, graceful leaves and rapid growth-
commonly reaching full size in just a few weeks-
make banana a favorite plant for providing a tropical
look to pool and patio areas. The development of
bananas following a frost-free winter is a source of
both pride and amazement to those unfamiliar with
Banana is a tropical herbaceous plant consisting of
an underground corm and a trunk (pseudostem)
comprised of concentric layers of leaf sheaths. At 10
to 15 months after the emergence of a new plant, its
true stem rapidly grows up through the center and
emerges as a terminal inflorescence which bears
The flowers appear in groups (hands) along the
stem and are covered by purplish bracts which roll
back and shed as the fruit stem develops. The first
hands to appear contain female flowers which will
develop into bananas (usually seedless in edible
types). The number of hands of female flowers
varies from a few to more than 10, after which
numerous hands of sterile flowers appear and shed
in succession, followed by numerous hands of male
flowers which also shed. Generally, a bract rolls up
and sheds to expose a new hand of flowers almost
Soil and Site Selection
Banana grows in a wide variety of soils, as long as
the soil is deep and has good internal and surface
drainage. The effect of poorly drained soils can be
partly overcome by planting in raised beds, as the
plant does not tolerate poor drainage or flooding.
The planting site should be chosen for protection
from wind and cold weather, if possible. The
warmest location in the home landscape is near the
south or southeast side of the house.
Banana Plant FROST Protection: Bananas flourish
best under uniformly warm conditions but can
survive 28° F for short periods. If the temperature
does not fall below 22° F and the cold period is
short, the underground rhizome will usually survive.
To keep the plants that are above ground
producing, protection against low temperatures is
very important. Wrap trunk or cover with blanket if
the banana plants are small and low temperatures
are predicted. You can also dig up the roots with or
without the banana plant above the ground, and
store in a dark dry place inside untill spring. This is
the best way for most.
Banana tree Fertilization: Their rapid growth rate
make bananas plants heavy feeders. During warm
weather, apply a balanced fertilizer once a month–a
8:10:8 NPK fertilizer appears to be adequate. A
mature plant may require as much as 1-1/2 to 2
pounds of the above fertilizer each month. Young
banana plants need a quarter to a third as much.
Spread the fertilizer evenly around the plant in a
circle extending 4 feet from the trunk. Feed
container banana plants on the same monthly
schedule using about half the rate for outside plants.
Soil: Banana plants will grow in most soils, but to
thrive, they should be planted in a rich, well-drained
soil. The best possible location would be above an
abandoned compost heap.
Cold protection of the top is possible by use of
coverings and heat sources, but such is not often
practical. However, in colder locations, soil can be
banked around the trunk just before a projected
cold spell to better protect the underground buds,
which will allow the plant to regenerate in the
coming spring. Unprotected but well-established
bananas across the U.S., with some exceptions, will
regenerated after light freezes.
Some people dig the entire plant, rhizome and all,
remove the leaves and store the plant, dry, in a
heated area over winter. To assure survival, it is
easier to dig small suckers, severed very close to
the parent rhizome, and pot them for overwintering
- Great plants from great store Review by Randy
How do you rate this product?
These plant arrived in great shape. I let them acclimate for a few days then transferred to the pots that they will stay in. Beautiful little plants. I am very pleased with my purchase and highly recommend them. Great job Logee’s! (Posted on 6/2/2019)
- Surpassed all expectations Review by Robin
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My favorite all time plant. It surpassed all expectations. It grows very very fast. I put it outdoors in the summer. Bringing it in for the winter. I ended up with four big pups. Separated two. They are growing very fast. I have so many now, I’m running out of room. Holding for a flower next summer. (Posted on 9/19/2018)
- Great plants Review by 1234
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I got a plant sometime in the fall of 2016, by next September the flower came out and I got 30 bananas! I really like it because of the small size. Its about 4 foot. (Posted on 10/5/2017)
- Beatiful plants. Review by Renee
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I ordered two of these Super Dwarf Cavendish Banana plants. They were well packed and came with a large, thick stem. The leaves are very green and large. Can’t wait to see and try these little bananas. Limited space so should be perfect! They are currently outside on an East facing deck. (Posted on 7/21/2017)
- Amazing banana plant Review by Grace
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This banana plant arrived in perfect and very healthy conditionl, it is growing like crazy. Very happy with this banana plant I highly recommend Logees. (Posted on 7/11/2017)
- Great tropical plant for beginners! Review by Acarentz
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I love banana plants and Logees NEVER disappoints, they always come in healthy and happy. I one time under another account (which I had forgotten, LOL) had ordered one around January, and living in the NYC area it was very cold out as you can imagine, The plant had ZERO damage from the cold. I highly recommend getting your plants from them, ever plant i have ever gotten from them has always came in some where fruiting when i unwrapped them (not the banana). I worked for a local plant nursery in my area and they had a banana plant for sale that cost over $100!!! sure it was an adult, but i would rather grow it myself anyways. anyways back to my summery of the review, these plants are very tough especially for tropical plants. if you wish to start growing tropicals then this is a good starter one. any questions you have (and i always have tones because i love learning about them) the staff are patient and answer in a way to help you along. so don’t be afraid to ask for info, do your HW, and you will have a great experience!!! I know i did! (Posted on 11/3/2014)
- Amazing banana plant Review by SJR
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This has been growing like crazy and has produced a number of pups. The plant is now about two feet tall and I hope to get bananas on the plant next year. (Posted on 9/16/2014)
- Quickly growing! Review by Leigh
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This banana plant arrived in awesome condition and is growing much more quick than I imagined it could! I cannot wait until my first round of bananas! (Posted on 7/21/2014)