Banana Plants               Banana Trees
Musa 'Dwarf Orinoco'
Growing Information            
    
Temp
: For best growth
above 65°F is recommended.
Wind tolerant


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: 6' - 8'

Type: Dessert

Hardiness: Zone 7b
The ‘Dwarf Orinoco' is a small vigorous plant that is solid
green and has a thick stem. It is a heavy bearer of thick
skinned fruit of very good eating quality. There is very
little curvature to the fruit and the fruit can ripen on the
plant without splitting. The plant is hardy and withstands
cold temperatures and wind, but must be supported when
carrying large heads of fruit.  
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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
bananas.

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

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
Bureau.

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

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 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.


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 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 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 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.


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 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
plants.

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.