First and foremost, is it possible to grow bananas indoors? Some banana cultivars are too tall to grow inside, but others are ideal for home cultivation. We definitely can grow banana plants at our own comfort. Although the banana plant is commonly referred to as a “banana tree,” it is classified as a herbaceous plant (or “herb”) rather than a tree since the stem lacks real structural tissue.
There are 4 types of Banana plants we can grow indoor and these are:
- Dwarf Cavendish
- Dwarf Brazillian
- Dwarf Lady Finger
- Dwarf Red
1. Dwarf Cavendish
The Dwarf Cavendish banana is a popular and profitable cultivar of the Cavendish family. The moniker “Dwarf Cavendish” refers to the pseudostem’s height rather than the fruit itself. The leaves of young plants feature maroon or purple spots, but as they age, they lose them.
They currently thrive in hot, humid environments all over the planet. The dwarf Cavendish gets its name from the fact that it doesn’t grow very big, only reaching a maximum height of three meters. As an indoor plant, it’s unlikely to reach that height, but it’s still a substantial specimen. It’s a fantastic choice for large homes because its leaves are big.
How To Grow A Dwarf Cavendish
In the proper circumstances, the dwarf Cavendish can grow quickly. It prefers bright lighting and will even tolerate some direct sunlight during the day. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, but make sure it’s misted frequently because those massive leaves require a lot of moisture. You can help it grow healthily by giving it a feed with liquid fertilizer once per month in spring and summer.
2. Dwarf Brazilian
Dwarf Brazilian Bananas are appreciated for their sweetness and can be prepared in the same way as ordinary Cavendish bananas. Leaves can grow up to 3 feet long and range in color from light clover green to deep forest green. Because of its high wind tolerance, this banana is an excellent choice for open spaces with little wind protection, row plantings for rapid privacy, or as a focus piece for a patio.
The fruit of the Dwarf Brazilian is highly flavorful and has good wind resistance. Its diminutive size makes it ideal for tiny gardens, greenhouses, and large containers.
How To Grow A Brazilian Dwarf
To fertilize bananas, use any natural fertilizers with a high nitrogen content. Because bananas are heavy feeders, we recommend fertilizing every couple of months after the first watering.
Cultivate bananas in strong sunlight; they prefer consistent Heat, which is critical — the ideal minimum temperature is 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Bananas should be planted in clusters or cultivated areas and grouped together in a stand. The mother plant that bore should be cut off around ground level after fruiting, as it will never produce again. The old trunk will swiftly decay if it is chopped into three or four pieces and then split lengthwise.
3. Dwarf Lady Finger
Despite the fact that the term “ladyfinger” implies a petite, probable dwarf banana cultivar, this banana is available in both dwarf and standard varieties. If you want to cultivate a banana in a container to bring inside, make sure you know what you’re getting. A lady finger banana (Musa acuminata ‘Lady Finger’), like some other banana plant, is indeed a high – temperature shrub which thrives in climate zones.
The ladyfinger is also known as a Chinese banana, sugar banana, date banana, or fig banana, and is usually a smaller variant of the Cavendish cultivar. Fun fact: Bananas are herbaceous perennials – the world’s largest herbs – rather than trees.
How To Grow A Dwarf Lady Finger
Prevent soil from falling through the drainage holes, line the bottom of a pot with screen mesh. Pick a good pot with proper drainage ports to suit the root structure of the “Lady Finger” banana plant. A container made of metal, clay, plastic, ceramic, or wood will suffice. Fill the pot halfway with a combination of equal parts peat, perlite, and sand. Place the root system of the plant in the pot and fill it with soil mixture up to 2 inches from the container’s top. Tamp down the soil in the pot to make it firm. Saturate the soil around the banana plant with water until the moisture evaporates.
Water the banana plant “Lady Finger” on a regular basis and keep it near a sunny window. Apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer to the banana plant once a month. Finally, when the banana plant “Lady Finger” begins to outgrow its container, repot it.
4. Dwarf Red
The red-skinned banana cultivar ‘Dwarf Red’ is one of many red-skinned banana cultivars. This red banana is no exception to the rule that red bananas produce good-tasting fruit. This variant contains red pseudostems as well. The broad foliage of the ‘Dwarf Red’ Banana are great for covering and grilled meals.
How To Grow A Dwarf Red
Dwarf red thrives in a dry climate, which is similar to that of its native habitat in the East African highlands. It can’t stand frost and isn’t fond of heavy humidity. Some gardeners, however, have successfully cultivated it in humid environments.
Proper site location, watering, and fertilizer are all important aspects of red banana plant maintenance. These trees need a lot of natural content in their soil, as well as full or partial sun. Be sure the soil at the planting site is well-drained.
Water the plant weekly, more often during the hottest part of summer. This is especially important in the first season after planting. Well-established plants can survive drought, but they won’t look their best without adequate water. Fertilize in the early spring with compost or a balanced fertilizer.
One of the best Vastu treatments for attracting money and health into your home is to plant a banana tree. A banana plant takes about 9 months to grow up and is a great houseplant if given ample light and water. It also offers interesting foliage and white flowers emerging from purple buds.