The banana plant brings a touch of the tropics to any room with its decorative foliage making an attractive feature. Given light, space and warmth; ideally in a conservatory, there is no reason why it shouldn’t produce fruit. Bananas grow in large, hanging bunches and a row of bananas is sometimes called a ‘hand’, while a single banana is called a ‘finger’. Bananas contain around 75% water and they have a high nutritional value and are a healthy snack. Fibre taken from banana plants can also be used to make clothes.
How To Grow Your Very Own Banana Plant
File one side of the seed lightly and soak in lukewarm water for 1 to 2 days, changing the water after the first day.
Place the tablet of compressed compost into a cup and fill one-third with warm water. When the tablet is fully saturated it will swell up and then it’s ready to crumble up and put into the pot until about two-thirds full.
Sow 1 cm deep in the compost, fill the pot with the remaining compost and cover with a clear plastic bag and keep in a warm place, at minimum temperature of 27 to 30 degrees C (80 to 85F) It is important to keep the seed warm at constant temperature, as this will assist germination. It will probably take 4 – 12 weeks, but don’t worry if it takes longer, just be patient and remember to keep the post moist (not wet) at all times!
Remove the plastic bag when seedling appears moving the seedling into more light and increase watering and feed to encourage growth.
Banana plants can grow rapidly and will need re-potting from time to time. They need long sunny growing periods with temperatures above 15*C (60*) to fruit. Banana plants growing in containers need ample watering during spring and summer and feed weekly with a general purpose liquid feed. In autumn reduce watering and feeding and in winter water only when on the dry side.
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