Bananas are one of the most popular fruits grown in all of Florida. Here we will go over some basic tips to get you started on growing your own bananas.
Water and Fertilizer
These trees need lots of water, but you have to make sure they are not over-watered, so you don't get root rot. The soil should be moist but not soggy at all times if possible. Banana trees should also be fertilized very well. Use a balanced fertilizer once a month. Spread the fertilizer evenly around the plant in a circle extending 4 to 8 feet from the trunk. Do not allow the fertilizer to come in contact with the trunk. Feed container plants on the same monthly schedule using about half the rate for outside plants.
Propagation and Maintenance
Propagation is mostly through pups. Wait until they are at least 3' tall and have their own roots. Make sure there are several before you take any suckers off, so it doesn't unbalance the original tree. The seeds are not fertile. Before the banana tree fruits, prune so there is only one main stem. After it has been growing for 6 to 8 months, leave one sucker. This will replace the main stem in the next growing season. After the fruit is removed, cut the main stem down to 2.5'. Remove the rest of the stem in a few weeks, leaving the replacement sucker intact.
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