From banana splits to balanced breakfasts, It's no surprise that bananas are one of the most popular fruits worldwide. Not only is the fruit versatile and tasty, banana plants also have a distinctive look with majestic blossoms and long, attractive leaves ranging from bold green to deep red.
Why grow bananas? Growing your own bananas allows you to expand beyond the mundane produce department and bite into new flavor sensations, like sweet vanilla ice cream (Ice Cream banana) or a blend of apple and strawberry (Manzano banana).
Can I grow bananas where I live? Don't live in a tropical paradise? No problem. Bananas can grow in many climates with a little extra TLC. Below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, bananas will freeze to the ground, but with adequate pre-freeze mulching, they may return. You can even grow bananas indoors.
Bananas love these growing conditions:
- Light: Full sun
- Fertilizer: N/P/K (Nitrogen/Phosphorus/Potassium) in a 3/1/6 ratio. Give our banana fuel a try.
- Soil: Soils that hold water. (Ditches and low-lying spots are ideal.) Water frequently if planted in sandy soil.
- Zone: Perennial, zone 7b