Bananas

Now, you can create a tropical paradise right in your own backyard, as the lush green leaves fan out and shade layers of bananas that hang in symmetrical clusters. Shortly after a lovely bloom of purple flowers, the bananas quickly begin to grow. Resistant to most diseases. Bananas are best grown with full sun but with their roots shaded. Banana leaves are huge and can sometimes get crinkled, simply remove any damaged or worn leaves to stimulate the growth of new leaves. Use them to wrap meat for your next barbecue. During the growing season you will see fresh new leaves appear every few days. Keep your plants watered and fed regularly to maintain this development. In cold areas, they can easily be grown in containers and moved indoors during the winter. Makes a great looking tropical house plant.

The problem with varieties that grow 20 ft tall is that you couldn’t bring them indoors to ripen the fruit. We focus on dwarf-sized plants, only maturing to 5-9 ft tall, so you can easily bring them into your kitchen or sun-room and start growing delicious bananas! After fruiting the mother stem which bore the fruit should be cut off near ground level, this will not produce again. It can be used as mulch or compost. If your plant is hit by frost, remove the damaged top in the same way within a couple of weeks. Your Banana will send up new suckers which will form a new rhizome, thus creating a new plant. Multiple suckers may be divided to increase your ‘Plantation’.

MUSA ‘DOUBLE (MAHOI)’
Height: 6-8ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes: 2+HEADS SWEET FRUIT
Musa Double Mahoi is a Dwarf plant that grows from about 5 to 7 feet tall. A very rare and unusual plant that produces two large heads of fruit on the same plant and can occasionally produce a third head of fruit. Fruit is highly rated, very tasty and sweet, considered AAA+. Mahoi means twins in Hawaiian. Makes a great house or patio plant.

MUSA ‘DWARF GREEN’
Height: 6-8ft
Zone: 9-11
Notes: CREAMY ORANGE PULP FRUIT
Musa ‘Dwarf Green’ is a sturdy plant with extremely thick leaves, which may be used for wrapping and grilling meat, as well as serving food. They also make this cultivar very wind tolerant. This is a Cavendish type banana that produces a creamy orange pulp fruit.

MUSA ‘DWARF IHOLENA’
Height: 6-8
Zone: 9-11
Notes: RARE WITH WONDERFUL TASTE-CREAMY ORANGE PULP FRUIT
Rare with a wonderful taste, Musa ‘Dwarf Itholena’ is a sturdy plant with extremely thick leaves, which are used for wrapping and grilling meat, as well as serving food. They also make this cultivar very wind tolerant. A Cavendish type banana that produces a creamy orange pulp fruit.

MUSA ‘DWARF ORINOCO’
Height: 5-6ft
Zone: 7b-11
Notes: SUITABLE FOR DESERT OR COOKING
The ‘Dwarf Orinoco’ is a small vigorous plant that is solid green and has a thick stem. It is a heavy bearer of thick skinned fruit of very good eating quality. There is very little curvature to the fruit and the fruit can ripen on the plant without splitting. ‘Dwarf Orinoco’ versatility make them popular in many regions of the world. The plant is hardy and withstands cold temperatures and wind, but may be supported when carrying large heads of fruit.

MUSA ‘LACATAN’
Height: 5-9ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes: CLAIMED TO BE THE BEST TASTING BANANA.
Desirable for desert bananas because of their sweet taste, aroma, and firm texture when ripe. They are preferred to Cavendish varieties in their native region of the Philippines. Claimed to be the best tasting banana. Harvest fruit in 8 to 12 months.

MUSA ‘GRAN NAIN’
Height: 6-8ft
Zone: 8-11
Notes: 40-60lbs
A very attractive, solid green banana up to 6 feet tall that is the producer of the famed delicious “Chiquita” bananas.  These choice, very large heads of edible fruit are seedless and of the highest quality, taste is sweeter when picked ripe from the plant vs, green from the store. It is a quick ripening variety that is borne in racemes weighing 40-60lbs (20-25kgs) each. Exhibits superb wind and disease resistance.

 

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