Banana, Dwarf Cavendish

 

 

Banana Cavendish

Did you know that banana plants belong to the Musa genus and are native to tropical regions? These plants are not only known for their delicious fruits but also for their lush green foliage, which can add a touch of exotic beauty to any garden or container and make a great houseplant.  Although it is unlikely that the plant would produce bananas in Manitoba's climate even when keeping the plant indoors over multiple seasons. But as they say " hope springs eternal" !

One of the key factors in successfully growing banana plants is providing them with the right growing conditions. These plants prefer full sun exposure, so choose a sunny spot in your garden. Additionally, banana plants require well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Consider adding compost or well-rotted manure to improve the soil's fertility. It is probably more realistic to grow a banana in a large container in our climate rather than in the ground. 

Proper watering is crucial for the health and growth of banana plants. These plants have high water requirements and should be watered regularly, especially during dry periods. However, it's important to avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot particularly when temperatures are cooler. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

Fertilizing banana plants is essential for promoting vigorous growth. They appreciate frequent feedings with fertilizer and enjoy an occasional top up with a fertilizer that is higher in potassium. 

As your Cavendish banana plant grows, it will develop suckers or offshoots around the base. These suckers can be left to grow alongside the main plant or removed to maintain a single-stemmed plant. If you choose to remove the suckers, do so carefully to avoid damaging the main plant.

Protecting your banana plant from cold temperatures is crucial. Delay putting the banana outside until after the middle of June until the night time temperatures warm up. This is the same advice we would give for planting peppers, coleus, impatiens, or any other tender, tropical, warmth loving plant. It is more than just risk of frost. It is just too chilly overall for them to thrive under those conditions. The local folklore is to not put tender plants out until after the Lundar fair. 

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