Fascinatingly enough, there are two ways in which you can plant and grow banana trees; by planting them as baby trees or from the leaves off other banana trees. Since they grow well in warm climates, it is therefore important that they are not planted in frost periods so that frost pockets won’t freeze the roots of the plants disabling their growth.
Take a leaf or leaves from a banana tree or obtain a baby banana tree. Ensure that these leaves are not yellow or floppy, bendy and lifeless. You can obtain the baby banana tree for your local gardening store and the leaves from any banana tree that you come across.
Next, it is time for planting. Choose a location that is not windy or has wind protection Plant the baby banana tree or the leaves at least 18 inches below the soil and cover with a mixture of soil and sand or what is regarded as top soil. The purpose of the sand is holding the water for the banana trees. Water plant/ leaves once a day and ensure that are exposed to at least 8-10 hours of sunlight daily. Over-watered plants will have soggy soil which runs the risk of the plant rotting underground.
It must be noted however that the soil should be thoroughly prepared before planting. This can be done by using fertilizers such as compost or peat moss. As an alternative, you may also place one of these fertilizers in the water that will use to be water the freshly grown plant on the first day. You may also find it beneficial to fertilize the plants every 2 weeks in the initial stages
- Since banana trees grow very fast, you can expect to see a new leaf every week.
- A banana tree takes a year to mature and start bearing fruits.
- Banana trees can also grow in partial shade but must reach at least 8 hours of sun daily.
- If banana trees are grown in colder climates, they must be dug up and placed in a pot with soil during the frost periods so as to avoid losing the plants.
The leaves of the banana trees can be used to make mats and objects while the green and yellow (ripe) bananas of the trees are eaten differently. The green bananas as usually prepared with other ground provisions such as yam by boiling whilst the yellow ripe bananas are eaten straight from the trees.