Growing Banana Plants Banana Trees
Musa 'Dwarf Red'
Temp: For best growth above
65°F is recommended. Wind
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'
Hardiness: Zone 8-9
One of many red-skinned banana cultivars, this one
stays short and takes up little space. 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. They are smaller in size than
the common Cavendish banana and have a creamy
white to pink flesh, with a slight raspberry flavor. They
can be sliced and dried or eaten raw in salads, but are
usually eaten fresh out of hand. The redder the fruit, the
more carotene it contains. 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 6
ft. to 8'.
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 $14.95 for shipping
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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