How cool is that?! So will it ever bear fruit?
It has really grown. It must be the "tropical" heat. The only times I have ever seen a "live" banana tree were in Jamaica and in the tropical dome of ou local conservatory. Your plant looks great!
I ordered one of those 10 or 15 years ago. I grew it in a sunny window, repotted it into bigger and bigger pots until it was in an 18 inch pot I could barely lift. It grew to about 6 feet tall and wide. The new leaves that would come out were each 3 feet long. Eventually it was too much for the pot and died...I probably had it for 2 years. A couple times I accidentally exposed it to temps below 60 F and it did NOT respond well to that.
Cool! Can you train it (by pinching lower leaves) into a tree shape?
Looking good, I have seen banana trees around here but they wouldn't probably do well in our climate though.
Melody - It is supposed to fruit next year.Mom - Thanks! I hope it keeps going well.Jimmy - Mine is a miniature so I don't think it is supposed to get that big. Did yours ever fruit?Ceecee - I don't know, I hadn't even though of that. The new leaves grow out from the top, so I don't see why I couldn't pinch the lower leaves.
No, my tree never made fruit or flowers. It just kept unfurling (spinning out from the top center) new bigger and bigger leaves. I guess I should have tried a miniature! The bottom leaves would die after a while, eventually leaving a rough brown trunk of sorts.
The banana tree is looking good. That is something I have been thinking about getting. Seeing yours makes me wish I had one already.Have a great weekend.
Wow. That's wonderful. I remember Delaware summer heat--it feels a WHOLE lot like the tropics. Hope you've had time for a beach day or two while your banana plant basks in the sun.
Kathryn - After living in Houston for 9 years, Delaware summers are really mild. We did get a beach day which was nice, and I think we'll go again next week after everyone is back in school. We homeschool so we get to enjoy things when no one is there.
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