Bananas are beautiful exotic plants with lush green foliage that are fast growing and can give a tropical look and feel to any garden or home. If you are a fan of exotic tropical plants like us and want to grow banana trees but don’t have enough space or you live in a cold climate, you can opt for growing them in pots. It is actually very easy and yes – bananas grown in pots can bear fruits!
There are many banana varieties that grow well in pots and can also withstand temperature drops. We will help you choose the right variety for you and show you how to easily take care for it so it grows into a healthy and strong plant.
All you need to do is carefully read these 10 tips on growing banana trees in pots and you will instantly become an expert!
1. Choosing The Right Variety
If you chose to grow bananas in a pot you will probably need a dwarf variety, especially if you need to take it indoors before the first frost. What is unique about dwarf varieties is that they taste so much better than the regular supermarket bananas. Dwarf varieties of banana trees can grow anywhere between 2 to 4 meters. The best dwarf varieties to choose for growing in containers or indoors are Dwarf Red, Dwarf Cavendish, Dwarf Brazilian, Dwarf Jamaican, Rajapuri, Williams Hybrid, Gran Nain and Dwarf ‘Lady Finger’.If you decide to grow ornamental bananas then try Ensete ventricosum, Musa sikkimensis ‘Red Tiger’ or Musa ornata.
2. Buying The Banana Plant
Once you have chosen which varieties to grow it is time to buy your banana. Although most of the nursery do not carry bananas they can order them for you or you can easily order some online. Most banana plants come as bulbs or corms so you should be prepared what to do once the plant arrives. The first step is very important and it involves washing the corm in lukewarm water to remove any fungal or bacterial growth, which may have developed during shipping. Then it is planting time!
3. Planting The Banana
Start by choosing a standard medium sized container that has a hole at the bottom which will allow good drainage. Now plant the rhizome upwards so the top part is uncovered and can be exposed to light. You can cover the corm with soil after few leaves appear. When the plant becomes container bound it is time for replanting in a bigger container in order to ensure fruits.
4. Choosing The Right Location
Bananas are tropical plants so logically they love lots of sun, heat but also humidity. Have this in mind when choosing the location for your banana tree once it is planted. Choose a spot that receives sun during most of the day but make sure it is sheltered from the wind.
5. Soil Requirements
When buying the potting mix for your banana plant go for quality. Bananas require well drained, sandy soil that is also rich in organic matters and compost. You can choose to make your own potting mix, just make sure you include some sand, perlite as well as compost or manure. Bananas need soil with pH around 6-7. If your soil is alkaline mix sulfur to decrease the pH.