Bananas are one of the most popular fruits, and one of the most loved. Most bananas are sweet and very tender, which is why almost everyone loves bananas. You can actually plant your own banana tree and care for it in your own backyard. Here’s how.
- Choose the purpose. First of all, determine what use the banana plant will have in your home. Most people are only acquainted with one type of banana, which is the type that is available in super markets. There are, however, many more types of bananas. There are bananas that are used for purely ornamental or decorative purposes, while there are also bananas that you can plant for their fruit bearing capacities.
- Choose the plant type. Next, determine the exact specie of plant that you will grow in your garden. Choosing the plant type is important, because the type of location, season, and soil type that you have will determine the type of banana that you need to plant. If you are living in soils that are very thick and moist, for instance, you will need to look for special banana plants that can withstand this type of soil, such as the Saja. Most other banana plants will need very thin and very well drained soil.
- Location. Also consider the location where you will put the plant. Remember, the banana plant is traditionally grown in tropical countries. This is because bananas love sunlight. Make sure that the area where you will plant the bananas is not covered by the branches of other trees and plants. These can interfere with the sunlight that the banana plant will naturally get, and can lead to weak or frail banana plants.
- Planting. The easiest way to plant bananas is to get seedlings from a real grower. There are some, however, who successfully grow bananas from seeds. The advantage with using bananas that have grown from seedlings is that these are usually chosen based on their attributes. If you have selected a fruit-bearing banana seedling, for instance, it will likely have been chosen as a seedling because it came from parents that provided tasty bananas. If you have selected a decorate banana seedling, it will probably have come from a decorate plant parent that has strong and firm leaves that are richly colored.
- Mulching. Because the tree trunk of the banana plant is very soft, it is prone to molds and water damage. To minimize and prevent this, you should add some mulch on the area surrounding the banana plant. This will prevent the mud from staining the banana tree trunk, and will keep water from draining into the soil, which can damage the banana tree’s sensitive roots.
- Cutting. If you have planted a fruit-bearing banana tree, you will need to cut the trunk after each harvest season. The banana plant can only bear fruit once, but by cutting it, you will be forcing a new plant to grow. This new plant will bear fruit again.
If you love the sight of bananas in your backyard, or if you simply want your own supply of banana fruits, these steps should help you care for a banana plant right in your own backyard.