Extraordinary Plants: Bananas

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A flourish tropical paradise... An abundance of flavors... Minimal care and effort... If this is the thing you’ve been searching for, the banana is your answer.

Consider the landscape of your yard or garden, the space available, and the flavor you might enjoy most, then choose a banana accordingly. Below are descriptions of several varieties available at ECHO:

The Apple Banana is a favorite dessert banana that has been grown in Florida for many years. The unique flavor blends the tartness of an apple with a very sweet banana. This plant will grow to a height of 10 to 12 feet.

If you would rather have something a bit smaller, consider a Gran Nain. This will only grow to about 5 to 7 feet but produces a considerable amount of quality fruit. As a Cavendish variety, it is similar to what you might find in the grocery store.

If a towering umbrella of leafy green appeals to you, the 20-foot tall Pysang Raja will serve you well. Despite its height, it is a sturdy and well-anchored plant.

Several factors are crucial to banana’s growth. Essentially, a good site for your bananas combines full sun, wind protection, good drainage, and plenty of water. After planting a small banana plant, you should be enjoying the fruit in 9 to 16 months with proper care. In following the guidelines most appropriate for your situation, you will be assured of having fruit for many seasons to come.


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Extraordinary Plants: Bananas

A flourish tropical paradise... An abundance of flavors... Minimal care and effort... If this is the thing you’ve been searching for, the banana is your answer.