You’ll want plenty of space for your banana plant. They can quickly grow and will require enough space to grow to the full potential of 12 to 18 feet. They prefer full to partial sun and a well-drained soil that is moist at all times without drowning them.
Planting And Location
Bananas grow from underground rhizomes and the fleshy stalk is formed via concentric layers of leaves that form a functional trunk. It can take 10 to 15 months for the stalk to push from the earth and emerge. Bananas prefer the sun and you’ll want to choose a location that gets plenty of sun during the bulk of the day. If there is too much shade the plant will stop growing. Never allow the banana plant to be over watered, this can cause root rot. You’ll want moist soil without over watering it.
Watering Your Banana Plantains
Banana plants require regular watering in order to sustain their large tropical leaves. This also helps them to produce delicious fruit. Water slowly and deeply about ever 2 to 3 days during the summer months. Bananas are susceptible to root rot so be sure that you’re not over watering.
Care Of The Banana Plants
The banana plant should survive a desert frost that occasionally freezes without any permanent damage. The leaves may burn at the first frost and look dead but they should still be fine. Just leave them on the plant and this will help to protect the plant from serious damage. You may lose any fruit that was hanging on the plant, though. The banana plant is an ideal windbreak or windscreen. It can help to keep the sun off of the west side of your home. You can weave baskets and mats out of the dried trunks of the banana plant.
Benefits Of Banana Plants
Ease in Digestion
Helps Fight Anaemia
Due to the high iron content in bananas, they are good for those suffering from anaemia. Anaemia is a condition where there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells or haemoglobin in the blood. This leads to fatigue, shortness of breath, and paleness.
High Fiber Content
Banana is loaded with fiber, both soluble and insoluble. The soluble fiber has the tendency to slow down digestion and keep you feeling full for a longer time. Which is why bananas are often included in a breakfast meal so that you can start about your day without having to worry about the next meal.