String Of Bananas Information: Caring For String Of Banana Plants Indoors
The first thing to do when you have a string of banana plants is to get them into a pot or container. You will need something that they can’t climb out of, like a large plastic tub with holes drilled in it.
If you don’t have any containers available, use some newspaper and tape it around the base so that your banana plant won’t escape.
You may want to make sure that there are no sharp objects near the bottom of the container so that your banana plant doesn’t try to climb up through the holes.
Another option is to use a piece of cardboard, but then you run the risk of cutting yourself if you drop it from time to time. A good solution is to buy a small box made out of wood and put it inside another one, which is already made out of wood.
Then you just place the box on top of the other one.
If you want to keep your string of bananas indoors, you might consider using a greenhouse instead. They come in different sizes and they are usually cheaper than buying a new container every year.
However, they aren’t very sturdy and it isn’t recommended to use them for anything except hanging baskets.
It’s always best to leave your banana plants alone during their dormant period (the time between spring rains). This usually lasts about 6 months and it’s very important because it’s the time when your banana plant is re-charging its batteries.
If you have a string of bananas that you want to keep for tropical effect, you can take cuttings and root them in water. When new plants are formed you can then transfer them to your container or garden.
Repotting Banana Plants:
Usually, you can wait several years before you need to re-pot your string of bananas. This means digging it up and putting it into a larger container.
You don’t have to do this every year, but after several years your container might become too small for your banana plant, because it has grown so much. When this happens you can just get a bucket or large pot and transfer the entire thing.
Just take out the old container, unwrap the roots and put them in the larger container. Fill it with fresh soil and add mulch around the base.
Never water your banana plants from above and always water them lightly so that the container doesn’t have standing water in it. It’s best to let the soil dry out before you water again.
If this is your first time growing a banana plant, it’s best to start off indoors, so you can control the environment. If you’re growing it outside, make sure that you pick a sheltered area like a garden bed that’s protected from the wind or else it’ll get torn up pretty quickly.
The last thing you want to do is constantly have to fix it, because that takes away from the time you could be spending enjoying your banana plant.
Banana plants can grow up to 3 feet per year, so it’s important to give it enough space. After a few years your banana plant should be big enough to provide you with fruit.
Just be sure to wait until it’s a few feet tall before you start training the stem how you want it to grow. Carefully wrap it around a small tree, post or something similar and then tie it up so that it can grow upwards.
If you’re growing your banana plant outside, it might be attacked by bugs and other pests. If this happens you can easily pick up your plant and pot and move it to a safer place if necessary.
After about three or four years, your banana plant should be big enough to produce fruit. It’s a good idea to buy some protective gloves before you handle the fruit because they can have some nasty hairs that can cause irritation.
The first thing you need to know is that the male and female parts of the banana plant grow on different parts of the plant. The females have small figs at the base of the leaf stems and the males have small bunches of flowers at the base of the leaf stems.
It’s fairly easy to tell the difference, but if you’re not sure, you can always wait until the plant flowers and figure it out then.
You should also know that there are different types of bananas. The most common ones you see in the supermarket are called “Gros Michael” and these are classified as a type of apple because they grow from trees and have seeds.
The other type are known as “Dwarf Cavendish” and these types of bananas are from a plant that has been genetically altered so much that it can no longer produce seeds. They also have thicker skin than other bananas so they’re easier to handle.
Once you’ve found the male and female parts of the banana plant, you’re ready to go. Carefully remove some of the female parts and place them in a container of water.
This will take about five days so make sure you keep them in a warm area and take them out to check on them every day and test the water to see if there are any seeds inside.
When you find a banana with seeds, remove all of the pulp and then dry it. This part is a little messy, but you need to let the banana pulp dry out before you can plant it.
To plant the seeds, you’ll need to mix them with some fertile soil and then spread the mixture over a small area. Press it down firmly and keep it moist for about a month.
It should start growing within a couple of weeks, but it might take longer than that so be patient.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of planting the banana seeds, you can always just buy some plants from your local nursery or gardening center. It will be a few years before they’re big enough to harvest, but at least you’ll save time and you can spend the extra hours doing something else.
Whichever way you choose to go, I hope you find success with growing your own bananas!
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