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Musa 'Basjoo'
For best growth
above 65°F is
recommended. Wind

Light: Full sun to no
less than 30% shade.
Foliage growers should
use 30%-60% shade.

Soil: Good water holding
capacity is needed

Mature Height: 12-18'

Type: Ornamental

Hardiness: : Zone 3-7,
Cold hardy
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Be careful when buying field grown banana tree
offshoots. Some growers sell water banana tree shoots
which have big leaves when small, these banana plants
are no good for landscaping or bananas and should be
cut off as the main banana plant grows. Good field grown
banana tree offshoots (corms) have sword like thin
leaves until 3' tall. We have banana plants grown from
healthy tissue culture Clones. It is the only way to get
disease free healthy banana plants. My banana trees are
guaranteed to grow and to arrive in good condition.
Banana plant growing instructions are included. Banana
trees should produce very sweet tasting bananas in 9 TO
12 months. The height can be controlled on most all
banana plants, to any size, by just holding back on the
fertilizer or the pot size.

You must contact us within 4 days for damage by
shipping or to get a replacement or refund with returned

We are a registered mail order Plant Nursery in
Melbourne, Fl. and try to give 100% Top Quality service.

You may also send a check or money order to:
Greenearth Publishing Inc.
P.O.Box 243, Melbourne Florida 32902.

Banana plants shipped only in the U.S.A. We sell the
easiest banana plants and banana trees to grow and all
can be grown in full sun, shade or inside your home.

All Banana Plants weight is more than 16 oz.

We have a perfect record with the Better Business

All small plants are 2 months old not 1 month like most


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Dwarf Cavendish banana tree - banana plant shipping
Now. Dwarf Cavendish banana plants get 5 to 6ft. and
produces wonderful sweet tasting fruit. A vigorous
banana tree with wider green leaves. One of the more
common banana plant varieties in the USA. It is often
seen container grown in back yards and botanical
gardens alike. These banana trees have large bunches of
full sized sweet smooth fruit. Beautiful healthy 12"
banana plant with wide leaves shipped.


Rowe Red banana plants - banana trees  This is a banana
plant grown for its attractive foliage only. The fruit is
seeded and inedible. The slender banana plant grows 5-7
feet and is wind and cold resistant. The banana tree is
well adapted to container growing and when grown this
way will only reach 3-5 feet unless grown in a very large
container. The banana tree stem is completely red. The
banana plant leaves are narrow with green and red
mottling on the top and solid maroon coloring on the
bottom. Beautiful approx. 12" banana plant shipped.

Kru banana tree - banana plant  The ‘Kru’ is a rare
banana tree in the United States being only occasionally
found in private collections. The plant is of moderate
height growing to about 12 feet. It is somewhat slender
and quite cold sensitive. The pseudostem is very pink
and the red fruit has angular edges and little curvature.
The taste is delicious. Healthy approx. 12" plant shipped.

Dwarf Green - Red banana plant - banana tree  This is a
beautiful dwarf green banana plant with red and green
markings. This banana tree grows to 8'. Sweet tasting,
green skinned fruit that turns yellow. Dark red & green
trunk and on the borders of the large green leaves is a
very thin red line. This is a Dwarf Red banana tree that
mutates to a Green Red banana tree. A great banana
plant for collecters. Real nice approx. 12" size banana

Hawaiian Red Iholena banana trees - banana plants   
Hawaiian Red Iholena banana tree is a versatile variety
and is not only a beautiful banana plant, with the
underside of the banana tree leaves being a soft
burgundy color, but also used for eating out of hand,
dehydrating, and cooking. This has to be the one of the
best looking banana plants reaching up to 12' with good
growing conditions. Very sweet dessert banana. Nice
healthy approx. 12" banana plant shipped.

MYSORE Banana tree - banana plant  The banana tree
with the most popular and delicious lady finger bananas
we have tasted. Popular in India, the mysore banana
trees are an important commercial crop for that area of
the world and we see why. The shelf life of these
delicious little morsels out last any other by several days.
They are sturdy and resistant to most problems as well
as a fast growing banana tree. It is green leafed with a
red midrib. Undersides of banana plant leaves have
pinkish, waxy coating. Loved by children and adults
alike! Banana tree Height 14-16 ft. Healthy approx. 12" to
14" banana plant shipped.

Apple banana tree - banana plant  Dessert type banana
tree, pleasant apple flavor when fully ripe. Fruit: 4 to 6
inches. This banana tree grows to 10 to 12 feet. The size
and quality of this banana tree makes it one of the worlds
best eating bananas as well as one of the best dessert
bananas. Very thin skined when ripe and super flavor.
Sweetest banana I've ever eaten. Excellent banana tree
for container growing as in the ground. Nice looking too.
Healthy approx. 12" high banana plant shipped with soil.

Lady Finger Banana tree Banana plant  Indian cultivar
banana tree with may small, very tasty fruits. It is wind
and disease resistant. A very beautiful plant with large
green leaves. Can reach heights of up to 16’. Healthy 12"
plant with soil shipped.

Saba banana tree - banana plant  If you want a big
banana tree fast get this one. The "sequoia" of the
banana plants with huge pseudostem (range 12-24"
diameter) and banana tree heights ranging from 16-20 ft.
here, however the height can be controled to any size by
just holding back on the banana plant fertilizer. Does
great indoors. The wonderful tasting cooking banana
makes the best tostones we have ever eaten. Can be
eaten raw also, A sturdy banana plant and somewhat
cool tolerant. A must for the collector. Very healthy
approx. 12" to 14" banana plant shipped.

Dwarf Red banana tree - banana plant  This banana tree
is known by many names in other parts of the world,
(Cuban Red banan tree, Jamaican Red banana tree, Indio,
Macaboo, etc) this very sweet lady finger banana plant
type fruit is one of the most beautiful. It turns "sunset"
colors when ripening from dark burgundy to orange,
yellow-green and mutated colors in between. The full
bodied flavor and distinctive sweetness make it worth the
wait to give fruit. My Favorite eating banana of all types,
has a mellow peach flavor. The banana plant is very
attractive, having a dark maroon pseudostem and redish
pink in the midrib of the leaves. Very wide green leaves
that are so beautiful. The dwarf Red banana tree grows 8
ft. to 10'. Beautiful healthy dwarf red banana plant approx
12" with soil.

High Color Mini Banana Plant  This is a Super Dwarf
Cavendish banana plant variety that only gets 3' high.
Produces excellent dessert type fruit. Great for indoors.
Has red bloches on leaf top, a beautiful potted plant too.
Nice 1 month old plant shipped with soil.

BASJOO banana trees - banana plants  The plant has
long, slender, bright green leaves. The ‘Basjoo’ is the
world’s cold hardiest banana tree. It is hardy planted in
ground to -3°F and with protective mulching it can
survive temperatures reaching down to -20°F. Its
inflorescence is one of the most beautiful of all bananas.
Strong fibers in the trunk of the 'Basjoo' have been used
to make fabrics. It is a great landscape plant, it lends a
tropical appearance to any situation. This is a great
addition for gardeners living in cold temperate areas.
'Basjoo' also does very well in containers and makes a
good interior plant. This banana can be grown in all 50
states. Does not produce edible bananas... Approx. 12"
tall healthy banana plant shipped.

Giant Plantain tree   The ‘Giant Plantain’ is rather slender
and grows to a height of about 14 to 18 feet. The plant
produces heads of long fruit with five to seven hands.
The fruit are usually cooked rather than eaten fresh. The
‘Giant Plantain’ is not very wind tolerant but will grow
well in protected areas. Healthy approx 12" plant with soil

ROSE banana plant - banana tree  One of our latest
banana tree acquisitions and a real beauty. The slender
banana tree pseudostem displays a soft reddish color
and grows rapidly. The small fruit are very sweet and
delicate. This banana tree is resistant to fusarium wilt,
grows 6-8 ft. tall. Approx. 12" high healthy banana plant

Goldfinger Banana tree Banana plant   A recent product
of the banana plant breeding program in Honduras, this
cultivar has commercial potential. This banana tree has a
high wind resistance, some cold tolerance, and excellent
disease resistance with s strong pseudostem and base. It
is an outstanding producer of delicious tasting bananas.
Healthy approx 12" high plant with soil.

Pitogo Banana Plant Banana Tree 'Pitogo' is a very
unusual banana. It has a solid green pseudostem 10 to 12
feet in height. Banana resemble tennis balls in size and in
shape; they are round not elongated. A Dessert banana
with excellent flavor. 'Pitogo' is a must for serious
collectors. Grows in Zone 8-10. Healthy approx. 12" high
plant with soil shipped.

Praying Hands Banana tree Banana Plant  This banana
tree produces perhaps the most unusual and distinctive
of all banana fruits. Two adjacent hands of bananas are
fused, giving the appearance of praying hands. This is
not just a collector’s item, the fruits are delicious ripe,
containing a hint of vanilla flavor. When totally ripe,
individual bananas can be carefully separated from each
other. An excellent all-around plant with some wind
resistance; it is very collectible. Healthy approx. 12" tall
plant with soil shipped.

Rajapuri Banana Tree Banana Plant    The 'Rajapuri' is
small at 6 to 8 feet tall. This banana plant that originated
from India is a first choice for landscaping. The banana
plant is totally green, has a very thick stem and stands
up very well to wind. The leaves are wider than those of
most bananas growing up to 3 feet wide. It is the best
plant to grow in marginal areas or where a grower does
not intend to put much care into the cultivation of
bananas. The heads of fruit are of moderate size with
medium sized fruit that are very sweet. Healthy approx.
12" tall plant with soil shipped.

Williams Hybrid Banana Tree Banana Plant 'Williams
Hybrid' is one of the main bananas of commerce. This
banana plant grows to 6 to 8 feet. They produce very
large heads of fruit that are sweet and delicious. They
are wind resistant and cold hardy. Healthy approx. 12"
high plant with siol shipped.

1000 Fingers Banana tree banana plant  This novelty is
as unique as beautiful. When full grown at 10-12 ft. It
produces a stalk of tiny round bananas that can continue
to make fruit until it touches the ground (sometimes 5 ft.
long or more) Mostly used for ornamentation or
landscape however the fruit is edible and sweet.

Banana Leaves for Cooking  2 Big Banana leaves
(approx. 4'x 2') for cooking. This is a little more than
comes in the frozen packs available from others. And
these are Fresh cut the day we send. 6 to 12  leaves
needed usually for med. pig. Shipped by priority mail.
See recipes at the banana info page.

More Banana plant info (Banana Leaves Recipes at
bottom of this page)

Banana Plant Information

Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a
woody stem. They are actually giant herbs of the same
family as lilies, orchids and palms.

Today's commercial banana trees are scientifically
classified into the genus Musa of the Musaceae family.

The Cavendish banana tree is the most common variety
of bananas now imported to the United States. The
Cavendish banana tree is a shorter, stubbier plant than
earlier varieties. It was developed to resist plant
diseases, insects and windstorms better than its
predecessors. The Cavendish banana tree fruit is of
medium size, has a creamier, smooth texture, and a
thinner peel than earlier varieties.

Banana trees are perennial crops that are grown and
harvested year-round. The banana plant does not grow
from a seed but rather from a rhizome or bulb. Each
fleshy banana plant bulb will sprout new shoots year
after year.

Each banana plant bears only one stem of fruit. To
produce a new stem, only two shoots - known as the
daughter and the granddaughter - are allowed to grow
and be cultivated from the main banana plant.

The banana tree reaches its full height of 6 to 25 feet in
about one year. The trunk of a banana plant is made of
sheaths of overlapping leaves, tightly wrapped around
each other like celery stalks.

When a banana tree leaf formation is completed, a
flowering stalk emerges from the top and a large bud
grows downward from the stalk's tip. Purplish leaves
around the bud unfold and banana blossoms are
revealed. Each female blossom becomes an individual
banana fruit.

On each banana tree stem, ten or more bananas growing
together are called "hands" and a single banana is called
a "finger." Four to six bananas sold in the retail store are
called a "cluster."

Within 10 to 12 months, banana tree stems are ready to
be harvested. Stems average 150 fingers and weigh 85 to
100 pounds each. Once a stem is removed, the main
plant is cut away and the daughter becomes the main
plant repeated the cycle.


The banana (Musa accuminata) is a berry formed from a
superior ovary of three joined carpels arranged in an
axile placentation. The flowers are born on long and
pendulous inflorescence which are usually unisexual,
that is, the female flowers are born near to the base of
the peduncle (producing the typical banana berry fruits)
whilst the male flowers are born on the tip of the same
peduncle. Seed may be produced or more usually,
develop the berry parthenocarpically. Both the seeded
and the parthenocarpic berry are very similar in structure
when flowering.
Broad, long, graceful leaves and rapid growth-commonly
reaching full size in just a few weeks-make banana a
favorite 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.
Banana is a tropical herbaceous plant consisting of an
underground corm and a trunk (pseudostem) comprised
of concentric layers of leaf sheaths. At 10 to 15 months
after the emergence of a new plant, its true stem rapidly
grows up through the center and emerges as a terminal
inflorescence which bears fruit.

The flowers appear in groups (hands) along the stem and
are covered by purplish bracts which roll back and shed
as the fruit stem develops. 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. Generally, a bract rolls up and
sheds to expose a new hand of flowers almost daily.

Soil and Site Selection

Banana grows in a wide variety of soils, as long as the
soil is deep and has good internal and surface drainage.
The effect of poorly drained soils can be partly overcome
by planting in raised beds, as the plant does not tolerate
poor drainage or flooding.

The planting site should be chosen for protection from
wind and cold weather, if possible. The warmest location
in the home landscape is near the south or southeast
side of the house.

Banana Plant FROST Protection: Bananas flourish best
under uniformly warm conditions but can survive 28° F
for short periods. If the temperature does not fall below
22° F and the cold period is short, the underground
rhizome will usually survive. To keep the plants that are
above ground producing, protection against low
temperatures is very important. Wrap trunk or cover with
blanket if the banana plants are small and low
temperatures are predicted. You can also dig up the
roots with or without the banana plant above the ground,
and store in a dark dry place inside untill spring. This is
the best way for most.

Banana tree Fertilization: Their rapid growth rate make
bananas plants heavy feeders. During warm weather,
apply a balanced fertilizer once a month--a 8:10:8 NPK
fertilizer appears to be adequate. A mature plant may
require as much as 1-1/2 to 2 pounds of the above
fertilizer each month. Young banana plants need a
quarter to a third as much. Spread the fertilizer evenly
around the plant in a circle extending 4 feet from the
trunk. Feed container banana plants on the same
monthly schedule using about half the rate for outside

Soil: Banana plants will grow in most soils, but to thrive,
they should be planted in a rich, well-drained soil. The
best possible location would be above an abandoned
compost heap.

Cold protection of the top is possible by use of coverings
and heat sources, but such is not often practical.
However, in colder locations, soil can be banked around
the trunk just before a projected cold spell to better
protect the underground buds, which will allow the plant
to regenerate in the coming spring. Unprotected but well-
established bananas across the U.S., with some
exceptions, will regenerated after light freezes.

Some people dig the entire plant, rhizome and all, remove
the leaves and store the plant, dry, in a heated area over
winter. To assure survival, it is easier to dig small
suckers, severed very close to the parent rhizome, and
pot them for overwintering indoors.
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long, slender, bright green leaves. The ‘Basjoo’ is the
world’s cold hardiest banana. It is hardy planted in
ground to -3°F and with protective mulching it can
survive temperatures reaching down to -20°F. Its
inflorescence is one of the most beautiful of all
bananas. Strong fibers in the trunk of the 'Basjoo' have
been used to make fabrics. It is a great landscape
plant, it lends a tropical appearance to any situation.
This is a great addition for gardeners living in cold
temperate areas. 'Basjoo' also does very well in
containers and makes a good interior plant. This
banana can be grown in all 50 states!