If you love growing your own fruit trees, you're going to love growing your own banana trees! Today we'll show you how to grow banana trees in pots with our easy to follow guide. If you're limited on space or your garden doesn't have the right soil, you can easily grow banana trees directly in pots or containers. To find out more about how to grow banana trees in pots, keep reading and in no time you'll have your very own banana tree!
How to Grow Banana Trees in Pots or Containers
Even if you don't live in a tropical climate, you can still grown your own banana trees in pots or containers. Be patient though, as it may take 3-5 years for the banana tree to actually produce bananas if grown from seeds.
If you're growing the regular variety, the banana tree can reach a height of 10-15 meters, but if you're growing the dwarf variety, they'll reach no more than 4 meters in height.
If you're growing your banana tree in the tropics, there is very little care or maintenance needed. Simply plant your banana tree directly in the ground in a sunny spot. After that, your banana tree will not need much care.
Planting Banana Trees:
- Choose a large, clay pot or container with good drainage.
- If growing from seeds, soak the seeds in warm water for 24-48 hours to break their dormancy.
- Plant the seed is a small container until seedlings emerge (2-3 weeks). Keep constantly moist and in a sunny spot.
- Transplant seedling into pot filled with well draining, sandy soil. Make sure the soil is rich in organic compost.
- Bananas like a slightly acidic to neutral soil.
- Place your pot in a sunny place with low wind.
- Water your banana tree frequently and deeply, but take care as to not over water.
- During winter, your banana tree will go dormant.
- Mulch heavily and keep watering to a minimum.
- Place in a warm, bright spot until spring.
- Fertilize regularly using a nitrogen-rich fertilizer: banana trees are heavy feeders.
- If leaves turn brown and dry at the edges, it means you are over watering.