Growing Banana Trees in Pots
Banana is a lush green, fast-growing plant that can give any place a tropical look and feel. Many varieties become excellent houseplants that don’t need much care and grow up very quickly.
Dwarf varieties of banana trees can grow anywhere between 2 to 4 meters.
Growing Banana Trees in Pots in Tropics
Growing banana tree in pot in tropical climate is extremely easy, with little to no care banana tree grows in container. If you’re living under USDA Zones 9 to 11, keep your banana tree in shade in afternoon in summer, when plant is young. All the other requirements are similar as given below in the article for temperate zones.
Banana Varieties you can Grow in Pots and Indoors
These dwarf varieties of banana tree restrict up to only 1.5 m to 4 m. (4 to 12 feet) tall and are suitable to grow in containers. You can also grow these banana varieties indoors.
- Dwarf Red
- Dwarf Cavendish
- Dwarf Brazilian
- Dwarf Jamaican
- Williams Hybrid
- Gran Nain
- Dwarf ‘Lady Finger’
Requirements for Growing Banana Trees in Pots
Banana trees grow in tropical and subtropical parts of the world and therefore they love full sun, heat and humidity. If you’re growing banana tree you should keep it in a spot that receives sun most of the day, but preferably sheltered from wind.
Growing Banana tree requires well draining soil, sandy soil that is rich in organic matters and compost. Buy good quality potting mix for your banana tree. If you are making it at home make sure to mix sand, perlite and compost or manure.
Banana needs slightly acidic to neutral soil to produce those potassium rich nutritious bananas. The soil pH should be around 6 – 7. If your soil is alkaline mix sulfur to decrease the pH.
Banana loves moisture. Water it regularly and deeply but care not to overwater. In summer, water it every day. It may needs water even two times a day in hot weather or when it is root bound. Soil for growing banana plants should be kept uniformly moist. Reduce watering in winter.