XL Ae-Ae Royal Hawaiian Variegated Banana Tree (musa pisang) – Urban Tropicals (2022)

ABOUT THIS BANANA PLANT

XL Ae-Ae Royal Hawaiian Variegated Banana Tree (musa pisang) – (XL Exclusive, 8” Pot, Limited) A magnificent plant with stunning variegation. This rare Hawaiian variety is entirely striped with colors of creamy white and green including the main stem and the skin of the fruit. Growing to heights of 18 to 20 feet with a large canopy the enormous leaves sport a beautiful pink hued stripe on the under leaf midrib. Fruit is 6 to 8 inches in length is unseeded and very sweet.

All the Ae-Ae Royal Hawaiian Bananas we offer are vegetatively propagated from offsets of healthy producing mother stock, grown right here in the nursery. This means, you receive an actual clone of the true variety. Note: These variegated banana plants may vary in pattern and coloration and are very limited in production to only a few per year.

The growth rateof Ae-Ae Royal Hawaiian will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A fewleaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.

QUICK SPECS

OUTDOOR

Zone 8a-11

PATIO

Zone 4a-11

SOIL TYPE

Rich Moist

% SUN

80-100%

POT SIZE

8″ Round

INCLUDES

OnePlant

WHY YOU NEED BANANAS IN YOUR LANDSCAPE

Bananas are easy to grow plants with lush foliage and an unmistakably tropical appearance. Highly versatile in the landscape and in the kitchen, bananas come in a large variety of colors and sizes allowing you to select the plant that is right for your location. In addition to creating the ultimate tropical garden appearance, bananas can contribute to your culinary adventures. The entire plant can be utilized for a variety of recipes. The obvious is the ripe yellow fruit, but did you know that unripe green fruit can be baked as a vegetable with cinnamon and sugar or fried as chips, the flower is often enjoyed steamed or battered and deep fried and leaves are excellent for wrapping and roasting meats, rice and vegetables instead of using foil or parchment.

At any time you can get a fresh start. Bananas are clump forming plants often producing 3-5 off-sets per year. If your stand has suffered wind damage or you simply want to clean it up, this can easily be done with a large sharp kitchen knife and without the need for garden tools. If your stand is getting too large or you simply want to get a fresh start, simply cut all stalks off at ground level, the plant will then regenerate with new offsets.

BANANA PLANT CARE

Banana plants are easy to grow, tropical flowering plants that produce multiple hands of delicious fruit. Bananas will happily grow, flower and fruit in a pot or in-ground. They add the ultimate tropical accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In cooler zones a containerized banana plant can be relocated indoors for the winter months.

When you receive your new banana plant, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location, simply keep moist. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new banana plant.

CONTAINER SIZE

All banana varieties grow very well in containers, indoors or on the patio. Smaller varieties grow best indoors in 12″ to 18″ diameter pots while larger varieties need enough room for growth, generally a 18″ to 36″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your banana will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.

SOIL

Ae-Ae Royal Hawaiian Banana plants enjoy a well drained, general potting mix easily found at your local box store. Remember try to stay away from arid or wet, mucky soils.

FERTILIZER

Bananas are heavy feeders, to help establish your new Ae-Ae Royal Hawaiian Banana Plant, fertilize teninches away from the base, four times annually with a slow time released product. Unfertilized they will tend to grow at a slower pace. Note:The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers willdamage the roots and possiblykill the banana. Its best to use a brand you know and trust.

GROW ZONE & LIGHT

Best outdoors if grown in zone 8a-11, find your zone here. This banana plant requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is often best.In the northern end of their grow zone, containerized Ae-Ae Royal Hawaiian Banana Plantsshould be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. In-ground plants require heavy mulching and often die-back, allowing the plant to regenerate and send up fresh, new plants in the spring. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colderzones but must be brought inside beforewinter.

BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS

At the nursery these bananasare grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this bananain a brightly lit areayou may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.

WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE

All Ae-Ae Royal Hawaiian Banana Plants for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plantsare often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, -6 or -8 will arrive in a standard 4 inch, 6 inch or 8 inch round growers pot respectively. Our new, reusable, recyclable deep plugs are 7 or 9 inches deep and 2 or 2.5 inches in width. Products growing in these pots are easy to transplant and allow for deeper roots and faster growth, they are designated with a sku ending in -7 or -9. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. For more information, click the “best packaging” link at the bottom of this page.

Note:

Before leaving, bananasare inspected, watered, and pruned. Larger plants, generally those that ship in 8″ pots, will be topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ potis then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and generally secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts.

You may want to order your XL Ae-Ae Royal Hawaiian Variegated Banana Tree (musa pisang) online now while they are in stock, supplies are limited.

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Policy Update

All sales are now final as we are unable to accept returns/exchanges, in an effort to protect our health and the business.

SHIPPING & HANDLING RATES AND INFO.
At the current time we only ship to the lower 48 states. We do NOT ship to AK, HI, PR or internationally. Orders placed from these areas will be refunded and cancelled. Orders placed from the western regions in the US can have an extended delivery time up to 9 days, we strongly recommend selecting 2 day UPS or placing your order in early spring or late fall to avoid hot summer temps. In these regions you are accepting full responsibility for the shipment and understand the risks involved due to distance and temperatures. Western shipments are not guaranteed in the months of May-September.

**Please understand we are unable to constantly monitor the temperatures across the entire United States. If you know the temperatures in your area are not conducive to shipping plants enclosed in a box from Florida to your location, please wait until temperatures are more favorable. We do not guarantee plants due to extreme temperatures during shipping. All shipping rates include all shipping and handling fees.

**To better serve you, during certain times of the year, when heat and travel time may become an issue, we offer UPS 2 Day which may be considerably more expensive however safer for your shipment. Due to extended travel time and weather conditions we remove the UPS Ground options to some locations to prevent loss and heat damage.

**About delivery time: During checkout you will notice the shipping time states "once shipped" in days but our "delivery time" is stated in weeks. That is because, our nursery typically receives over 1-2 hundred orders a week with orders consisting of 1 to 20+ plants each, which adds up to around 1,000 plants per week to prepare and ship, when we are only able to properly ship around 125 or so orders per week. We are a nursery of two people doing all the maintenance, propagation, shipping and customer service, working eight days per week. We do not take any short cuts while packaging and each plant is handled and treated with the utmost care. When the orders in our shipping queue reach 300, we turn off the site checkout process until the shipping queue is down to a manageable 200 or less orders.
Example:
1. You order on the first of the month with 2 day shipping.
2. Shipping queue orders are at 2-4 weeks.
3. At week 2-4 your order is ready to ship.
4. You selected two day shipping, so your order will be to you in 2 days after UPS picks it up.

Current shipping queue is 2-3 weeks. (more info.)

All shipments are insured by UPS for transit loss.

WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING & HANDLING RATES?At the current time we do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Local UPS Ground Shipping to: Florida and Georgia.

Items OrderedFlat Rate
1$19.84
Plus$2.50 per additional item.
ExampleTotal
1 Item$19.84
5 Items$29.84
10 Items$42.34

UPS Ground Shipping to Eastern Regions:Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Items OrderedFlat Rate
1$22.94
Plus$3.20 per additional item.
ExampleTotal
1 Item$22.94
5 Items$35.74
10 Items$51.74

UPS Ground Shipping to Western Regions:Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Items OrderedFlat Rate
1$29.84
Plus$4.65 per additional item.
ExampleTotal
1 Item$29.84
5 Items$48.44
10 Items$71.69

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WHAT IF MY PACKAGE IS LOST OR STOLEN?
PLEASE TRACK YOUR PACKAGE! Once shipped all sales are final, tracking info. is automatically emailed as soon as it becomes available you must trace the shipment to your door, we simply ship the product to the address supplied to us on your invoice, we ARE NOT responsible for lost, stolen or damaged packages once delivered, this includes heat or cold damage when delivered outside. If you have any issues contact UPS, not us. Chances are you will loose all the money spent, so PLEASE TRACK YOUR PACKAGE and have someone there to accept it. Note: shipping delays may occur if we experience a heavier volume of orders.
Orders placed from the western regions can have an extended delivery time up to 8 days, we strongly recommend orders be placed in early spring or late fall to avoid hot summer temps. In these regions you are accepting full responsibility for the shipment, the mortality of the plants ordered and understand the risks involved due to distance and temperatures. Western shipments are not guaranteed in the months of June-September.

HOW ARE PLANTS PACKAGED FOR SHIPMENT?
Wow, like a present! With our state of the art packaging we can ensure that your new plant arrives in style. Before leaving our growers all plants are inspected, watered and pruned if necessary. Your new plant is bagged to keep the soil moist and to ensure that the soil stays in the pot not loose in the box. Then your plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts, you will be pleased. click here

DO YOU SHIP PLANTS ANY TIME OF THE YEAR?
Sorry, no we don't. Most of the plants offered are very tropical and require temperatures above 40º at all times. On occasion some orders may be delayed if the weather conditions in your area warrant that the shipment be held. This helps to ensure the survival of your new plant. During the winter months when we are no longer shipping plants, our growers spend their time researching new species and new growing techniques to provide you with the most unique and superior species of plants available anywhere.

HOW LARGE ARE THE POTS THE PLANTS COME IN?
It varies. All plants for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Most plants designated with a sku ending in -3, -4, -6 or -8 will arrive in a standard 2.75 inch, 4 inch, 6 inch or 8 inch round growers pot respectively. Our new, reusable, recyclable deep pots are 8 inches deep and 3x3 inches in diameter and 9 inches deep and 4x4 inches in diameter. Products growing in these pots are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -t3 or -t4 respectively. Our new landscape plugs come in 3 sizes, 5" deep x 2.5" round, 7" deep x 2" round and 9" deep x 2.5" round and are designated with a -5, -7 or -9 respectively. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. click here

ARE SHIPPING OPTIONS AVAILABLE?
No. Sorry, At the present the only shipping option available is UPS Ground ®. UPS ® has proven themselves in the industry and have become the carrier of choice for our family of growers. With reasonable rates, careful handling and on time service you can be sure that your shipment will arrive ready to be enjoyed. Note: The shipping, flat rate charges include the cost of handling, trimming, prepping, watering, bagging, boxing, packaging, etc. You pay nothing more.

HOW CAN I ESTIMATE THE ARRIVAL DATE?
To ensure proper delivery most orders will take 1 - 3 weeks. The delivery time can vary depending on the work load, seasonal holidays and your location. You will automatically be notified by email with tracking information when your order ships, allowing you to trace the shipment to its destination. Rest easy knowing that your plant will not ship until it is inspected, watered, bagged and properly packaged.

WILL ALL OF MY PACKAGES BE SHIPPED BY UPS?
Yes. We not only trust UPS® with our plants. They are the exclusive shipper of our growers when it comes to plants, pots and accessories.

CAN ORDERS BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE US?
Presently we only ship inside the lower 48 states. With the current USDA regulations regarding shipment of live plants, our family of growers are restricted to and governed by the guidelines for certification within the lower 48 states only. Orders shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and internationally will not be accepted.

CAN I CHANGE A SHIPPING ADDRESS ONCE I'VE PLACED AN ORDER?
We're sorry. Shipping information can only be changed if you email our customer service immediately after your order has been submitted. We process orders very quickly, and once an order begins the fulfillment process we're unable to modify it. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that in the majority of cases our faster processing times work to your advantage. If you have questions about your order, please contact us via email. click here

WILL MY PLANT SURVIVE IF IT ARRIVES WITH BROWN OR DAMAGED LEAVES?
Your, plant should be fine. Occasionally transit damage will occur. If your plant arrives a bit shaken and stressed, simply follow your plants "Care & Culture" instructions and it should return to its full beauty and luster with in a few weeks.Note: We do not warrant bent or broken leaves, it is only natural that some minor damage will occur. Certain plant varieties do not like to be shipped and can loose some or all of their leaves during transit, this is common and the plant is not dead, it is simply in shock and should bud within 30 days or so.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY SHIPMENT ARRIVES CRUSHED OR DAMAGED?
It depends on the extent of the damage. If your shipment arrives and the box is severely crushed or damaged, you can either refuse the shipment or place a "Claim" directly with UPS Ground for loss or damage at UPS.com. However, in doing this you must realize that if you have ordered an item that is in short supply or high demand, we can not guarantee a replacement.

WHAT DO I DO IF I DO NOT RECEIVE MY ENTIRE ORDER?
Read your packing slip. First, read your packing slip to be sure that everything you ordered has been shipped. Second, If you only receive a partial shipment don't worry. There is no need to panic. If your entire shipment does not arrive within 4 weeks from the time you placed your order, please e-mail us with your order number and name so we can trace the missing item(s) and promptly correct the situation. click here

CAN I CANCEL MY ORDER?Sure, but you must do it quickly. Orders canceled after the UPS tracking information has been sent will be charged a 40% restocking fee, this also applies to orders canceled while in transit and orders refused at time of delivery. Understand at that point your plants have been pulled from various greenhouses, tagged, cleaned, bagged, watered, wrapped, bagged again, packaged with p-nuts, paperwork, box, tape and state permits. If for any reason you need to cancel an order it must be done ASAP for a full refund.

WHAT IS YOUR PHONE NUMBER?
Sorry, There is no available telephone number. Our team members are always in the field maintaining the foliage. Email is the most efficient way to answer questions and concerns. click here

MY ORDER JUST ARRIVED, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO THE PLANTS?
Immediately unpack your plants very carefully, most damage occurs in the hurried attempt to see the new plants. When your plants arrive you will need to water them if necessary.

WHAT PLANTS ARE SAFE FOR KIDS AND PETS?
You will have to do your research. We make absolutely no claims as to plant safety, of any plant whatsoever. If in question, please do your homework prior to ordering. For your pets you may want to visit the ASPCA.Please read our Terms of Service and Return Policies prior to purchasing.

FAQs

How do you care for a variegated banana plant? ›

Right now so it has a lot of indirect bright light but if i was growing at home i would put it in my

How tall does a Musa banana tree grow? ›

Types of Banana Trees

Musa acuminata: This species reaches around 12 to 20 feet tall and is often grown for its ornamental foliage thanks to its paddle-shaped leaves that can reach around 6 to 10 inches long.

How fast does a Musa banana plant grow? ›

Banana trees can grow quite quickly, with a new leaf emerging every few weeks in the proper environment. Each pseudostem can grow up to ten feet each year!

How long does it take for a banana tree to grow to full size? ›

It takes banana trees about 9 months to grow to full height, and only 12 months to bear their first fruit. On average, banana stalks last for about a year and a half to two years, but the plant that they stem from could last anywhere between 6 and 25 years.

Should I water banana plant everyday? ›

Banana plants need several inches of water every 1–3 days depending on the type. A potted banana plant or dwarf banana plant needs watering every day. Outdoor banana plants need watering every 2–3 days. Water your banana tree whenever the top ½ inch (1 cm) of soil is dry to the touch.

What kind of fertilizer do banana trees need? ›

A banana plant's rapid growth rate makes it a heavy feeder. Young plants may need as much as ¼ to ½ pound of fertilizer per month. A balanced fertilizer of 8-10-8 (NPK) is recommended.

Do banana trees need large pots? ›

To grow a banana tree in a container, you'll need to use a dwarf variety, since regular banana trees can grow too large for pots. Use a 6- or 8-inch pot with a drainage hole, since banana trees thrive in well-drained soil. Your soil should be mildly acidic soil and have a good mix of peat, perlite, and vermiculite.

Can you keep a banana tree small? ›

Banana Varieties You Can Grow in Pots and Indoors

These dwarf varieties of banana trees 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.

Do you cut banana trees back in the winter? ›

Fall: To keep your banana plant happy it needs a little bit of preparation for winter in the fall. Right before or after the first frost you should cut the tree back to about one foot tall. Make sure to cut the trunk at an angle so water doesn't pool up all winter and start rotting the crown.

How often should I water my Musa plant? ›

Provide about half a cup of water weekly and check frequently to make certain the soil stays evenly moist. Avoid over-watering which can cause root rot. The soil should be moist but not soggy at all times, if possible.

Do banana plants need full sun? ›

Grow banana plants in full sun to partial shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot.

What is the lifespan of banana tree? ›

Banana tree - 25 years.

Does a banana tree only fruit once? ›

Soil and Fertilizer for Banana Trees

Banana stalks only produce fruit once, so it's important to cut them back for new fruit to grow. Ground-wise, it's important to keep the soil moist but not oversaturated.

How do you keep a banana tree over the winter? ›

Cut the plant back to about 4-6 inches above the ground, and then pile on at least a foot of leaves, straw, or other mulching material. You might also cover the pile with plastic sheeting, row cover material, or a cloche for more protection, and to keep the mulch in place.

Can you grow a banana tree indoors? ›

Yes, you can grow a banana tree indoors, in fact for many homeowners this is the best way for them to grow a banana tree. If hoping to learn how to grow a banana tree as a houseplant look for a smaller variety designed for indoor use such as Dwarf Cavendish or Tropicana.

Are coffee grounds good for banana plants? ›

Coffee grounds are a great source of nitrogen for banana trees and can either be added directly to the soil or your organic compost. Coffee grounds are neutral in pH, so they should not alter the acidity of the soil.

How often should I water my plants with banana water? ›

You can compost the soaked banana peels or simply bury them in the soil, and your plants will love you for it. Once a week, water your plants using the diluted banana peel liquid fertilizer at the base. The liquid fertilizer gets absorbed by the roots immediately.

Are banana plants high maintenance? ›

Bananas are fast growing plants that need lots of sun, water, and nutrients to maintain their tropical appeal. Some gardeners choose to let their banana plants become dormant indoors over the winter, which keeps the plant going for future landscape beauty but does not make a desirable houseplant.

Is Epsom salt good for banana plants? ›

Is Epsom salt good for banana trees? Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, is very beneficial to the growth and of healthy banana plants. It helps promote green, plentiful leaves and more abundant fruit yields.

Can you plant banana trees in pots? ›

Banana plants can grow in containers, but the size of the pot should be at least 15 gallons for optimal growth. 6. When the banana tree outgrows the container, you can repot it in a larger container.

Where should banana trees be planted? ›

In general, banana plants should be planted in full sun for best growth and fruit production. However, banana plants do tolerate light shade. In general, select a part of the landscape away from other trees, buildings and structures, and power lines.

Do you need 2 banana trees? ›

Dwarf Cavendish banana trees self-pollinate, meaning that they don't need another tree nearby to help the flowers produce fruit. However, more than one tree can increase your crop yield. Most banana trees thrive in heat and humidity, so when you plant two banana trees next to each other, they pack in heat and humidity.

Do banana trees have deep roots? ›

While banana tree roots can grow up to 5 feet deep in perfect soil and care conditions, most root systems will be less than 3 feet below the surface of the soil.

How much space do you need for a banana tree? ›

Most varieties need at least 12 feet or more of space. Smaller varieties can be planted 10 to 11 feet apart. In a mature mat, the roots can extend outward for up to 18 feet. For commercial groves, a spacing of 11 by 11 feet or 8 by 12 feet works well for equipment, while maximizing production.

What happens if you bury a banana? ›

Burying the banana peels in the soil under a plant can slow down the process that breaks down the peels and makes their nutrients available to the plant.

Should you cut off banana tree leaves? ›

Developing bananas need full sun to ripen, so cut off any leaves that are rubbing against the young bananas or completely shading them. Cut off any dead leaves to encourage new growth at the top of the tree. It takes more than a year for a banana stalk to set and ripen fruit.

Can you leave banana plants out in the winter? ›

Straight after the first light frosts you will need to cut all the leaves off the banana just above the top of the stem. You may see that some of the foliage has blackened due to these light frosts, which will generally trigger the plant into dormancy.

Should you trim banana tree leaves? ›

You should trim dead leaves off of a banana tree to encourage growth and maintain a beautiful appearance. When a banana tree is not getting enough water, leaves can become dry and turn brown, and they cannot be revived.

How much water does a Musa need? ›

Always keep the soil moist and check this regularly, especially in summer. Do not water buckets with water, because too much water causes root rot and you don't want that either. In general, the Musa uses twice as much water in summer as in winter. Therefore give considerably less water in the winter.

Can you overwater a banana tree? ›

Watering Needs

Be sure to reduce watering during the cold season as, like most plants, the Banana plant does not like to be overwatered. Mist or wipe down the leaves with a damp cloth to clean them and promote shiny foliage.

What kind of soil do banana trees like? ›

Banana trees prefer a slightly acid soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Due to the amount and size of their foliage, banana trees are very heavy feeders.

Do banana trees grow well in shade? ›

Banana trees are tropical plants that prefer full sun to partial shade for optimal growth.

What is too hot for banana tree? ›

If you're in an area that is generally warm most of the year, you can have success with bananas. They can tolerate brief exposures of upper 20 degrees Fahrenheit and will survive at the roots down into the low 20's. The tops and leaves will all die back when exposed to these types of conditions.

Do banana plants spread? ›

These are large plants that require plenty of room to spread. Take that into consideration before you include them in your landscape. Locate banana plantings well away from property lines (6 to 10 feet), as their ability to spread may cause problems to neighbors who do not want them in their yard.

How long does a banana tree take to produce fruit? ›

Bananas generally take four to six months for fruit to reach full size after flowering, depending on temperature, variety, moisture and culture practices. Typically, there is a slight yellow tint to the fruit as it reaches maturity.

How fast do banana trees multiply? ›

How fast do banana trees multiply? Banana trees can multiply rapidly, growing multiple stems at the same time. You can even see another stem appear from a healthy rhizome only a few months after the first one has established.

How do I get my banana tree to produce fruit? ›

Provide at least 12 hours of sunlight to encourage growth, flowering, and fruit. Regularly water your banana plant thoroughly and deeply, so the soil stays moist. Give your banana plant time to be mature (at least nine months to produce fruit).

Do banana trees attract rodents? ›

Rodents are attracted to banana trees which can attract snakes. Mice can bury underneath the rhizome and live underground and rats can actively climb the tree and nest in the canopy. Banana tree stems grow from an underground rhizome.

Should I cut off banana flower? ›

The removal of the banana flower causes the banana bunch to absorb more nutrients from the banana tree thus strengthening its growth.

Can you grow a banana tree from a store bought banana? ›

You cannot grow a banana tree from a commercially cultivated banana fruit.

Where do you cut banana trees for winter? ›

When removing extra banana tree stems it is important to cut them at an angle to avoid the winter rain pooling in the base. Using a pruning saw cut the banana stem around 3-4 inches away from the ground on a 30-45 degree angle.

Why are my banana trees dying? ›

Curled leaves and brown leaf-edges are the result of too little water and over-exposure to the sun. Banana Plants are best located in bright, indirect settings, and those that haven't acclimatised to the harsh rays will show signs of sun-scorch and environmental shock.

How do you protect banana fruit in winter? ›

Cut the bottom seam off a large plastic garbage bag with scissors. Choose a clear bag if the bananas are protected from sunlight by the plant's leaves. If the fruits are exposed to strong direct sunlight, use an opaque white garbage bag.

Do banana trees like shade or sun? ›

Most types of banana plants prefer to grow in full sun, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight on most days. However, some varieties can scorch easily and will do better in partial shade.

Where do I put my banana plant indoors? ›

Indoor bananas need to be positioned in a bright room but without in direct exposure to sunlight. The plants will benefit from high humidity in the room. Mist often the leaves to improve humidity around the plant. Alternatively, place the pot on a humidity tray (a large tray with pebbles, filled with water).

What is the best banana tree to grow indoors? ›

Some of the best bananas for indoor culture are varieties or hybrids of the Cavendish banana (Musa acuminata). These are also the most likely to produce edible fruit if provided with optimal growing conditions.

How do you care for a potted banana plant indoors? ›

Plant Care

Keep the soil evenly moist, and avoid letting it dry out. Be sure to allow the water to drain fully before putting the pot back in its tray, as sitting in water can cause root rot. You can fertilize your banana leaf plant's soil by top-dressing the pot with organic mulch.

How do you keep a banana plant healthy? ›

Grow banana plants in full sun to partial shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot. Mulch the roots and protect the stem with horticultural fleece or a thick layer of straw in autumn so it doesn't succumb to winter frosts.

Can banana trees stay in pots? ›

To grow a banana tree in a container, you'll need to use a dwarf variety, since regular banana trees can grow too large for pots. Use a 6- or 8-inch pot with a drainage hole, since banana trees thrive in well-drained soil. Your soil should be mildly acidic soil and have a good mix of peat, perlite, and vermiculite.

Can I bring my banana plant inside for the winter? ›

If you are growing your banana in pots you can easily grow them indoors over the winter months. Be sure to give them as much light as is possible inside your home and keep them a little on the dry side.

What temperature is too cold for banana trees? ›

Given their native climate, it is unsurprising that banana plants are cold intolerant. They need mild temperatures in order to grow; their leaves will stop growing at around 55°F. They will suffer leaf damage at 32°F, and their underground rhizomes will die at sustained temperatures of 22°F or lower.

Is Epsom salt good for banana trees? ›

Bananas are heavy feeders so for best (and spectacular) results, they should be watered with a dilute liquid fertilizer solution (1/2 strength) plus 1T Epsom salt per gallon eve- ry time you water, or use a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote® along with liquid fertilizer at 1/2 strength plus Epsom salt added to the ...

Where should banana trees be placed at home? ›

The banana tree is useful, but you must place it in the east or northeast, with little preference for the north, and water daily with attention. Banana trees should never be planted on the south side of your home or property. Bananas require 7 to 8 hours of bright sunlight per day to grow.

Are coffee grounds good for banana plants? ›

Coffee grounds are a great source of nitrogen for banana trees and can either be added directly to the soil or your organic compost. Coffee grounds are neutral in pH, so they should not alter the acidity of the soil.

Should I cut the brown leaves off my banana plant? ›

There are two main times when it's vital to prune banana trees. Any time you notice brown leaves, yellow leaves, or leaves with holes in them, you should prune them immediately. These leaves are dead or dying and could start impacting other leaves, stems, or the fruit itself.

Should I cut off damaged banana leaves? ›

Cut off any dead leaves to encourage new growth at the top of the tree. It takes more than a year for a banana stalk to set and ripen fruit. If your main stalk gets cold damaged, but not killed, do not cut it down! It most likely will recover and go on to produce fruit the following summer.

Should I cut leaves off banana plant? ›

So, there is no need to cut your banana trees down to the ground. All you need to do is to trim off the damaged, unattractive foliage. Healthy new leaves will grow out of the top of the trunk. Just removing the damaged foliage ensures that your banana trees stay tall and recover from the cold faster.

What kind of soil do banana trees like? ›

Banana trees prefer a slightly acid soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Due to the amount and size of their foliage, banana trees are very heavy feeders.

Can you overwater a banana tree? ›

Watering Needs

Be sure to reduce watering during the cold season as, like most plants, the Banana plant does not like to be overwatered. Mist or wipe down the leaves with a damp cloth to clean them and promote shiny foliage.

Do banana plants need a lot of water? ›

Bananas need regualr watering to sustain the large tropical leaves and produce sweet tasty fruit. You should expect to water slowly and deeply every 2 or 3 days during the warmer months. A test when to water is when the top 1/2-1 inch of soil is dry.

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