Cold Hardy Fruiting Banana Tree – How To Grow And Care For A Cold Hardy Banana Tree
The word “Hardy” refers to a plant or animal which does not suffer from any disease, insect attack, frost damage or other natural disaster. These plants are able to survive harsh conditions and thrive under them. The term is often used when referring to fruits such as bananas, pears and apples.
In the case of bananas, it means that they do not need to be fertilized or protected against insects during their growth period. They grow without suffering from pests or diseases. However, there are some precautions one needs to take if growing these fruit.
First of all, you must know that bananas are tropical fruits and require proper climate conditions in order to produce well. If you live in a warm place like Florida, then your chances of getting good quality bananas are very low. So, if you want to grow bananas, then you will have to move away from Florida.
Another thing that is needed is a container with sufficient drainage capacity so that the roots don’t get suffocated. You can use plastic containers because they won’t rot easily and are easy to clean up after using. Your banana trees should be planted in ground with rich soil that is not too compact.
I think you should try growing bananas during the winter period, when the natural conditions are not supportive for growing bananas. It might not be easy at first since the cold will surely affect the plant, but if you can take proper care of them, they should survive even under these conditions.
You must keep in mind though that you will have to provide heating, protection and extra lighting so that the banana trees can survive. If you live somewhere colder then you will probably need more heating since the temperature is lower, but this can be very costly.
The container should not be placed in direct sunlight because the fruit may get sunburn. Instead, you can place it in a shaded area or near a window that does not receive direct sunlight for most part of the day. Also, you should remember not to put too many banana trees in the container because they do require a lot of space to grow and spread their roots.
Another thing that you would need is a big burlap bag to protect the container from extreme cold during winter. You can find these at home improvement stores and they are quite cheap. You can either place the container in the bag or place the bag around the container, it’s all up to you really.
Note: If you are using a bag, then make sure that the banana trees are well supported so they don’t topple over due to the weight of the bag.
Now, in order to make sure that the banana trees are protected, you will have to wrap the container or bag in either heavy duty aluminum foil or some kind of reflective blanket material. If you place the container inside the bag then it is not required to wrap it. You should remember that if you place the burlap bag around the container then you should NOT use aluminum foil.
Either one will reflect the sun’s rays and prevent your banana trees from getting too much heat. Also, the reflective material will also protect the banana trees from intense cold.
You should check on your banana trees everyday to make sure that they are doing all right. Water them when necessary and give them some fertilizer. If you want to buy a banana tree then you can find them at most gardening stores or you can even get them online.
If you want to save money then you can grow your own banana tree from a seed. It may take a long time before you actually get to see the flowers, but it will be worth it since you got to grow it from scratch.
You can easily find banana tree seeds at any gardening store and even online. If you want to buy them online then I suggest Amazon since they have a huge selection and you can have them shipped right to your door.
I hope this article has helped you, and if you need any additional help then please feel free to write back.
P.S. I also highly recommend that you read our article on how to grow pineapples under lights indoors.
If you want a shorter answer then here it is: buy a few pineapples from the grocery store (you probably already tried that though) and stick them in a dark place with plenty of warmth, watering whenever they look like they need it, until you get actual leaves growing out of them. Then, put them somewhere with at least some sunlight and keep doing that until you have a pineapple. Sounds like more work than it’s worth, but I’ve heard they taste great. You do need a certain kind of pineapple to grow, but most of them that you find in the grocery store will grow if you follow the steps in the link.
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Article posted on April 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM by Bob Thompson
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Introduction to Cold-Hardy Tropicals for Virginia Landscapes by J Saia, JW Seamone, SE Zilberfarb – 2010 – vtechworks.lib.vt.edu
Musa species (banana and plantain) by SC Nelson, RC Ploetz… – Species profiles for …, 2006 – guamsustainableag.org
Control of Panama Disease of Banana by Rotating and Intercropping with Chinese Chive (Allium Tuberosum Rottler): Role of Plant Volatiles by H Zhang, A Mallik, RS Zeng – Journal of chemical ecology, 2013 – Springer