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Banana

Musa acuminata

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Banana is really not a "tree" but a fast growing herbaceous perennial arising from an underground rhizome. Most commercial bananas are classified as Cavendish​ bananas and are sweet with yellow skins. The Williams variety is tall growing and produces large cylindrical bunches of fruit. The uses range from culinary to medicinal applications, & can even be planted as ornamental in a tropical or sub-tropical garden. 'Lady little finger' is a variety often grown outside tropical areas with bunches of small fruit.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Bananas are picked throughout the year with the ​main production season from early to mid summer. The fruit can be harvested by cutting the stalk when the bananas are plump but green. For tree-ripened fruit, cut one hand at a time as it ripens.

Propagation

Suckers
Propagated by suckers in the wild. Large suckers should be removed from vigorous clumps with a spade when at least three feet tall, during warm months and replanted same depth as it was growing next to motherplant.they will produce fruit in 3 years.
Seed
Sow seeds in Winter.

Special features

Crop rotation
Medium Feeder
Pot plant
Bananas make good container specimens if given careful attention. The plant will also need periodic re-potting as the old plant dies back and new plants develop.
Attracts birds
Attrects nectarivorous nectariniid birds.

Geography

Origin
Native to Southeast Asia.
Natural climate
Tropical and sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

culinary
One of the top consumed fresh fruits in the world!
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Musaceae
Flower colour
White to creamy yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Root rot from cold wet soil. Nematodes, gophers, snails & earwigs.

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