Bananas how to grow them and the benefits
Bananas are a great food for snacks, for people on diets, for college student who are studying and generally a great treat if you want to avoid sweets.
Bananas are mass produced in hot countries
Banana trees are a mass production business. They only grow bananas in hot warm tropical climates.
If you do live in an area that has hot weather all year round, you could experiment and try to grow your own banana tree. You might or might not have some success.
Growing bananas at home
If you decide to grown bananas at home in your own garden there are some rules you must follow.
You will need to use a very good fertilizer.
You need to keep the soil moist at all times.
You need to protect it from any cold weather and frost especially if your climate experiences there a few weeks a years.
If you don't do these things then your banana plant will most likely not succeed.
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History of the Banana Tree
Mass produced banana trees can produce bananas for many many years. However to keep getting a good harvest, the planter would try to replant new trees after ever 10 - 20 years to keep the crop healthy.
Bananas are actually a perennial herb, not a fruit which is what we all refer to it as. When the banana plant starts to grow the first step is that new leaves will start growing from the inside of the trunk and from below ground level. They will emerge from the centre of the tree and then the the flower emerges which is where the bananas come from.
The stages involved in growing a bananaClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Facts about the banana
The banana plant can take up to 9 months to grow.
It can then take another 2-3 months for the fruit to grow and fully ripen.
The hotter the climate the faster the growth of the banana will be.
Crop of bananas is often referred to as hands as they look like the fingers on our hand.
When we buy our bananas we refer to them as a bunch.
How bananas plants regrow from old plant
When bananas are harvested, the main plant that they were harvested from will die, but is does leave side shoots behind.
These shoots are now the beginning of a new plant for the following years harvest.
Bananas are grown from underground in a rhizome ( this is a continuous root that keeps growing) which is referred to as a corm (like a giant bulb).
So if you ever want to grow your own bananas first you must have the climate and secondly you must buy a tree as if you eat bananas you will notice there are no seeds inside the fruit.
We see bananas on our supermarket all year round.
We never think, how did it get there. Bananas has so many benefits for our health.
The are high in potassium, sucrose, glucose and fructose.
As well as being great as a quick snack, you can also add them to various dishes like breads and deserts.
While we here in the Western part of the world love yellow bananas, in fact bananas should be eaten when they are green.
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Bananas are great for eating as a snack to give you energy and help you in those stressful times as they are high in Vitamin B.
Bananas contain a type of protein called tryptophan which our body will convert into serotonin, a chemical which makes our bodies feel relaxed and help you feel happier, say goodbye to SAD condition.
Bananas contain Potassium which is believed to help lower blood pressure.
Bananas help with heartburn, so when you are suffering from it the next time, don't reach for Gaviscon, try a banana.
Bananas help reduce water retention.
© 2011 Sp Greaney
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