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How to Grow the Namwah Banana

Updated on February 25, 2019

Bananas 101

When most of us think of bananas we think of the towering 20ft and sometimes larger plants with the huge beautiful green Lush leaves. This is true in most cases however, over the past few decades banana plants have been modified to grow as small as 5 ft tall and still produce great healthy racks of bananas.

Namwah Banana

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Health Benefits of Bananas

Did you know that bananas are high in potassium vitamin B6 and B12 manganese and magnesium but I'll bet you did not know bananas play a big role in lowering high blood pressure.

Orinoco Banana

Choosing Your Banana

One of the first decisions as a grower that you will need to make is choosing the correct plant or vegetable for your growing needs. Growing a banana tree isn't as difficult as most people may think. Some of the things to consider before growing this plant is how much space you have what types of bananas do well in your area and whether or not you want to grow indoors or out. There are a couple of different ways in which you can grow bananas the first being from pups or the Offspring of the mother plant secondly you can grow bananas from seeds. In the next section you will find a step-by-step tutorial how to grow bananas from seed as well as from pups

Sowing Your Seeds

STEPS:

1. Purchase banana seeds

2. Soak seeds in water 24 hours

3. Fill trays with pre-moistened potting soil

4. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep

5. Lightly water seeds

6. Place tray in well-lit warm area

(Use heat mat if desired)

7. Keep soil at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit

8. Once seeds germinate and are 2 to 3 in tall repot in individual containers

9. Keep seedlings in well-lit warm area

10. Gradually introduce your small plants to direct sunlight

11. Watch them grow

Pink Banana Seeds

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All About Bananas

Don't go bananas if you can't get it right the first time. Growing bananas is a learning process for everyone. Most people are accustomed to seeing the long yellow bananas that they pick up at the grocery store these are known as Cavendish. However bananas can come in several different varieties colors and sizes ranging from Green pink white and even Brown when ripened. Also it is a little-known fact that bananas aren't trees at all they're actually a kindred to Ginger and belong to a grass family but because of their growing habit and large leaves and long trunk most people consider bananas plants to be trees. Once a banana plat grows to full maturity they will automatically reproduce through the rhizomes (root structure) system these are called pups these are easily removed and replanted elsewhere to grow as new banana plants.

How to Repot Your Banana Tree

Fun Facts

Did you know the banana peel is edible and that it contains a good source of fiber and proteinl

Did you know that bananas actually started out having seeds inside

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Planting Alabama

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