Banana trees are great fun. With a bit of luck your plant may even flower and actually produce bananas.
The plant’s trunk isn't a real trunk, but consists of overlapping leaves. The plant may start to produce bananas after three years. You may be lucky too!
Banana trees grow mostly in tropical and subtropical areas. They are native to Asia, from where they spread to all tropical countries. The banana trees we grow at our nursery are a dwarf variety that will probably grow to a height of one metre in your home. In a large pot it may even grow to a height of three metres if you give it plenty of water and fertilisers!
Tips for your home
Banana trees are decorative plants that create a fun atmosphere.
Ideal position and temperature
Banana trees like a lot of light and will feel happy in a place close to a window in your home or conservatory. Their large tropical leaves mean they like moisture and high temperatures. In summer you can move the plant outside providing the night temperature is above 13°C, but the ideal temperature for dwarf banana trees is between 15°C and 30°C.
Get your children to spray the leaves every day. Remind them to spray the undersides of the leaves too. Both your plant and your children will enjoy that. Spraying will create a moist climate around the leaves, which will promote healthy growth!
Water and fertilisers
The soil in the pot must be moist. When the children have finished spraying the tree they can also water it. Dwarf banana trees love loads of water. Give your plant some houseplant fertiliser once every two weeks to make sure that its leaves will retain their fresh green colour and it will continue to grow.
Most common pests and diseases
To keep your dwarf banana tree healthy, make sure that you give it sufficient water and fertilisers and that the temperature is right for it. Draughts may result in tiny insects on the undersides of the leaves. They are red spider mites, which must be controlled with a product specifically intended for the control of spider mites. Frequent spraying with clean water will prevent the risk of red spider mites.