Growing Banana Plants Banana Trees
Musa 'Rowe Red'
Temp: For best growth
above 65°F is
Light: Full sun to no
less than 30% shade.
should use 30%-60%
Soil: Good water
holding capacity is
Mature Height: 5-7'
Hardiness: Zone 9
Rowe Red is an improved
sumatrana ‘Zebrina’ (Rojo
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
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
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
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
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 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
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