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 6m tall is that you couldn’t bring them indoors to ripen the fruit. We focus on dwarf-sized plants so you can easily bring them into your home 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 from the rhizome, thus creating a new plant. Multiple suckers may be divided to increase your ‘Plantation’.
Musa, or bananas as they are commonly known, come in a wide array of choices: dessert, cooking/plantains, ornamental foliage, and ornamental flowering. Bananas are suitable for all climates given the appropriate care. Bananas are heavy drinkers and feeders. They perform great in a container and can be grown in a greenhouse or shade house very quickly! Their broad, long, graceful leaves and rapid growth, (commonly reaching full size in just a few months), make bananas a favourite 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 culture.
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.
Chill Hours Required: We recommend all plants are given natural cycles of lower temps and shorter days for their blossom timings and maturity.