The banana tree is beneficial for the garden, because of its attractive appearance and edible fruit. Banana fruits contain lots of Vitamin B6, potassium, dietary fiber, magnesium, vitamin C, and manganese. Butterflies love banana plants as well!
Banana matures in 2-3 months (small ones) to 8 years (20 feet long). Half of the fruit production occurs during spring to early summer; another half takes place during autumn to early winter.
1. Banana trees are susceptible to a wide range of pests and diseases.
2. Bananas need a lot of water – about 1-2 gallons per day.
3. Bananas require a lot of suns – at least 6 hours per day.
4. Bananas need regular fertilization – monthly applications of a balanced fertilizer are required.
5. Bananas produce fruit only when the temperature is warm enough – between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The leaves must be exposed to temperatures above 50 degrees for best development.
6. Banana trees are heavy feeders that require frequent fertilization with a balanced fertilizer, proper drainage, consistent moisture, filtered sun, and good air circulation.
7. Pests and diseases that can affect banana trees include aphids, scale insects, mites, whiteflies, nematodes, banana bunchy top virus, black sigatoka fungus, and Fusarium wilt.
Banana tree care is easy, just need to protect yourself from cold weather and pests. Prune the top of the tree for height control.