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Musa 'Rajapuri'
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: 8-10'


Type: Dessert


Hardiness: Zone 8-9
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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.


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.

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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.


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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.


B04         



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.


B06         



36" Ice Cream Banana Tree - Banana Plant 3 feet size. Ice Cream
banana plant approx 36"


B23        



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.


B14        



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.


B25       



36" high KRU Banana Tree Kru Banana plant approx. 36"


B24       



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.


B02        



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.


B09        



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.


B05        



36" Apple Banana Tree ships now. Apple Banana plant approx. 3'
tall


B26        



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.


B03        



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.


B15        



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.


B07        



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.


B01        



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.


B16        



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.


B12        



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.


B17        







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.


B18        



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.


B19       



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.


B20        



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.


B15        



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.


B21        



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.


B28        







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.


B30        


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



6 Large Fresh Banana Leaves for cooking Same as above, Get 6
nice fresh Banana Leaves.


B31        



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.
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The 'Rajapuri' is small at 6 to 8 feet tall. This
plant that originated from India is a first choice
for landscaping. The 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.