Banana - Canadian
Whenever we show our banana trees to farm visitors...they touch the giant leaves with disbelief....and if the timing is right, they might even see the giant flower head forming over a hundred bananas. They usually get really excited to try a plant themselves! Your own banana tree will certainly make an interesting conversation piece! While waiting for your tree to mature the bananas, you can use the gigantic leaves to wrap, cook and flavour food! Banana trees are easy to grow either in a pot or outdoors in full sun. Only trick is that they need two of our Canadian growing seasons to mature the bananas...so bring the plant into unheated garage or basement when fall temps are declining to +5 C. In a pot it is easy to move banana indoors... but we dig our bananas bare root( from soil) in fall and overwinter in moist wood chips(or newspaper) in cool conditions(+5 to +10 C)...then move them outdoors again for second growing season when spring weather settles down to above freezing temps. Once your mother plant finishes fruiting she dies...but before she dies..... she is smart enough to produce at least 2-3 babies...which we use to grow to more bananas...so one banana plant is all you will ever need to buy...unless you want to try different varieties of banana...one nursery I visited in Florida stocks about 100 varieties of banana.
We stock only dwarf Cavendish banana trees...because they stay small(easier to move) and quicker to mature fruit.