Growing   Banana Plants      Banana Trees
Musa 'Lady Finger'
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: 14-16


Type: Dessert


Hardiness: Zone 9
Indian cultivar with may small, very
tasty fruits. It is wind and disease
resistant. Very sweet thin skin fruit,
great cooked in butter. Can reach
heights of up to 16’.
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Banana Plants  and Banana Trees.

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.

Thanks for looking.


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.
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