Growing Banana Plants and Banana Trees
‘Mysore’ is a tall and vigorous growing to 16
feet. It is green leafed with red midrib.
Undersides of leaves have pinkish, waxy
coating. The plant produces very thin-skinned
short fat “lady finger” sweet fruit. ‘Mysore’ is
wind resistant but should be propped up when
carry large heads of fruit.
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 10 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
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. We
will be happy to beat any lower price for the same size by 20%.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Temp: For best growth
above 65°F is
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: 10-14'
Type: Dessert, thin skin,
Hardiness: Zone 8-10