Banana Plant/Tree

Bananas are probably the worlds most famous tropical fruit. They are great providers of potassium and vitamins for many parts of the world. They are a tropical plant that need long hot periods to produce and ripen their fruits. The bananas grown today are essentially clones and have lost the ability to reproduce seed and rely solely on gardeners and human help to survive. They are also not really trees, with their stems being only closely matted leaves. If you are planning to grow bananas you will need to check the laws in your country. In many countries growing and planting of banana trees is controlled to prevent the spread of diseases.

How To Grow

You will need to get a plant from a friend or garden centers/shops. Plant in rich compost, banana plants are hungry things and need a lot of nutrient and humus rich soil. They are not very cold tolerant and will need to be protected from frost and freezing temperatures so bring in doors if there is a risk.

How/When To Harvesting

If your banana plants starts to flower and fruit it is best to leave 1 or 2 of the strongest flowering stems / suckers. As this will ensure plenty of nice sized fruits.

Planting Schedules for Location: Seattle, Washington

Sow Indoors / Plant Out

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Sow Indoors
Plant Out
Harvest
  • Sow Depth: 1 cm
  • Spacing Between Rows: 100 cm
  • Spacing Along Row: 100 cm
  • Number plants per Square Foot: 0.25