Banana Trees
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banana tree and citrus plants

Zone 3482 Jones Hollow Rd, Lobelville, Tn 37097 | jcjd added on October 9, 2017 | Answered

I have an indoor banana tree that I bought because I couldn't grow one outside. So far, it just keep growing, but hasn't produced anything but leaves. I've been feeding it and watering it as instructed. I always take it outside in the spring , then bring it in and set it under grow lights.. Now it is so tall that I can't take in in the house. Can it be grown like the cold hardy ones? After reading about them, I would sure like to try that. I also bought some citrus plants for the same reason. So far, they are not too tall to bring in. I've had these plants for at least 4 years, and have not seen anything produced from them. I fertilize them as per instructions on the bag. Can you help me with any suggestions on what to do. Any help would be appreciated. Janice Brown jcjd@tds.net

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BushDoctor
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Answered on October 9, 2017

It is important to note the type of banana plant that you have purchased. I have a Super Dwarf Cavendish that is about 3 years old, and will be expecting to see the first flower next year. These can take a long time in container to fruit. I would make sure to have dolomitic lime handy, though, as this will keep the pH stable, and put it right where it needs to be. It sounds like you are doing everything you need to so far. It is important to, also, note that You should not prune the leaves of the banana, even when they die. This is a protective layer, as bananas are herbaceous plants, and not actual trees.

Alternatively, some banana cultivars will never bear a flower, and thusly, no fruit.

Here is an article on proper care for the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/banana/indoor-banana-plant.htm

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