Growing Banana Plants Banana Trees
Musa 'Dwarf Cavendish'
Temp: For best growth
above 65°F is
Light: Full sun to no less
than 30% shade. Foliage
growers should use
Soil: Good water holding
capacity is needed
Mature Height: 6-7'
Type: Dessert, excellent
Hardiness: Zone 8-9
Ice Cream Banana trees have a hint of Vanilla taste
in its bananas, Dwarf Red Banana trees that have a
hint of Peach, the Apple Banana tree has a taste of a
Sweet Apple, Rose Banana trees have a Lemony
flavor. We have all the banana fruit flavors, grow them
inside or outside. We charge only $7.95 for as many
plants as you want, save a lot, and its for priority mail
with conformation in the U.S.A.
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.
All of these banana trees below will survive light
freezes, the Ice Cream is the hardiest of edible
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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
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED.
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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.
ICE CREAM (Blue Java) Banana tree - Banana plant .
A very beautiful, cool tolerant banana plant with
texture and flavor similar to vanilla ice cream. This
banana tree has beautiful large leaves and produces
medium bunches of silvery blue bananas that are very
delicious fresh or cooked. Mature banana tree height
12'. approx. Approx. 12" high healthy banana plant
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 plant.
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
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 shipped.
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 shipped.
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
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
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.
HOW TO GROW BANANAS
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
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
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.
The most popular greenhouse banana,
will bear bunches with up to 90 bananas,
each slightly shorter than the “grocery
store” varieties. It will grow to about 7
feet and has a solid heavy trunk. Juvenile
leaves will have some reddish-purple
markings, but later leaves will be all green.
This Musa is a fast grower with great
appeal to the mass market. Great tasting