An interesting ornamental plant with tropical flair, but it is not expected to produce fruit and will require considerable maintenance. In colder climate zones plants will not survive winter outdoors. It should be grown in containers and moved to greenhouses, in containers (overwinter indoors) or as houseplants.
Plants are best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Plants tolerate and often appreciate some part shade or light filtered sun in the heat of the day. Best growth occurs with consistently moist soils that do not dry out. Fertilize plants regularly during the growing season. Site plants in areas protected from strong winds which can severely damage the large leaves.
For containers, use a well-drained potting soil mix. Keep container soils consistently moist but not wet. Outdoor plants must be overwintered indoors, either as houseplants or by forcing plants into dormancy.
Options for overwintering include:
1. Bring container indoors in fall before first frost and place in a large sunny room for overwintering as a houseplant, with reduced water and fertilization;
2. If plant is too large to bring inside as a houseplant, cut foliage back to 15-20 cm (6-8”) in fall after first frost, and store container in a cool, dark, frost-free corner of the basement until spring, providing just a touch of moisture as needed in winter to prevent the soils from totally drying out;
3. If container is too heavy or too large to bring inside, remove plant from container in fall before first frost, wrap roots in plastic and store in a cool, dark, frost-free corner of the basement until spring. When using this option, foliage may be trimmed back or left on the plant and allowed to brown up in the normal course;
4. If growing plants directly in the ground, dig, wrap roots, trim back the leaves and store as in option #3 above.
Whether grown outdoors in the landscape or indoors as a houseplant, bananas need lots of space. They are classic tropical foliage plants, which, if they fruit, produce attractive bunches of yellow bananas. They may be grown as ornamental plants in cool areas where fruiting will not occur.
Information source: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c544
Genus - Musa
Species - x paradisiaca
Common name - Edible Banana
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 11
Height - 2 - 7.5
Spread - 1,8 - 3 m
Plant type - Herbaceous perennial
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil type - Organically rich, well-drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Showy, edible, houseplant
Leaf / Flower color - Green / --
The sowing time can be all year long, but during the winter months more warm and light will need to be provided.
Cut the seeds slightly with a file and soak for 24-36 hours.
Sow 10 mm deep. Keep soil permanently moist but not too wet.
Germination at +25-+28C in 1-4 months.
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