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Information on Banana Trees

Looking to grow Banana Trees, or wanting some useful tips and tricks, we can help you with our simple blog

Bananas produce large, elegant leaves and the occasional bunch of fruits, which certainly make a majestic addition to any garden or conservatory. Although they are tender plants, some species are hardy enough to leave outside over winter, especially in the milder parts of the UK, so they are worth experimenting with in the garden.

Choose a sheltered site, with the site sloping away slightly from the plant to avoid creating a frost pocket. Shelter from the wind is also essential to prevent leaves being shredded.

Plant in late spring, in a well-drained soil, enriched with organic matter (such as garden compost). Once plants are established, water and feed generously to get the best foliage.

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Smaller banana species make ideal container plants, which can be placed outdoors for the summer and brought indoors over winter. Grow in a loam-based compost, such as John Innes No. 3 with extra grit (30 percent by volume).

Container-grown plants need ample watering during spring and summer months. Feed at weekly intervals during the spring and summer with a general-purpose liquid feed, or mix a controlled-release fertiliser into compost when potting.

In autumn, reduce watering and feeding, watering only when on the dry side in winter.

Tender plants should be brought in when temperatures fall below 14ºC (57ºF) and overwintered in a frost-free greenhouse or conservatory.

Pot on in spring once a year, or every other year. Size and vigour increases with size of container. Increase pot size by 5-7.5cm (2-3in) initially. Once established in 30cm (10in) pots, increase size by 10-15cm (4-6 inches) every two to three years

Which ones can you get ?

While commonly known as the Japanese or hardy banana, Musa basjoo is now thought to originate from the Sichuan province of China. When temperatures warm in spring, Musa basjoo will grow quickly to produce large, exotic leaves and will appreciate regular watering and feeding to sustain this growth. Winter Hard, Fruit Guaranteed

 Musa lasciocarpa – the Chinese yellow banana has typical banana leaves, 

Musa × paradisiaca ‘Rajapuri’- a hardy cultivar that copes well with wind. With beautiful green leaves

Musa acuminata ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ – a smaller variety, growing to 2m, with large, slightly reddish leaves

Musa acuminata ‘Zebrina’ – a medium height cultivar that is good for containers, with highly ornamental, red-striped leaves.

 

Please see below videos and extra information

How to look after your banana plant at home

How to protect your banana plant in winter