Banana 'Grand Nain' (Musa)

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Despite the plant’s tropical origins, few fruits are as omnipresent as bananas. While Musa acuminata is native to Southeast Asia, it’s known as one of the first domesticated plants. Today, bananas are a staple in every aspect of life, from wholesome diets to pop culture. That holds true for ‘Grand Nain’ (also spelled Grande Naine), which is sold by the bunch as ‘Chiquita’ bananas. This variety makes up half of the 100 billion bananas eaten every year worldwide. 

'Chiquita Banana' was trademarked in 1947 and Carmen Miranda—the banana-crowned lady on the blue produce stickers—became a household name. This representation of Miranda prevails as a stereotype today, but at the time it undoubtedly introduced people around the world to Brazilian music and Latin culture. 

Plant Type: 
Fruit Tree / Evergreen Perennial Herb

Did you know? The banana plant is actually an evergreen perennial fruiting herb, not a tree! The large ‘trunk’ is actually a pseudostem, which is made of bulky, leafy layers that emerge and wither over time. Banana plants are fast-growing, and prone to reproducing new plants through mini clones known as suckers.

Harvest Season: 
Year-round, but most predominantly in the warm summer months. With good care, bananas are capable of producing fruit within the first 15-18 months of planting. It will take 9-15 months before the tree starts flowering and an additional 2-6 months before the bananas are ready to be picked. 

(Expect approximately 3-6 months less time from planting to fruit for Banana plants in our XL Pot Size)

Mature Size: 
Really varies depending on variety. Some dwarf banana varieties grow only to 2-3 ft where other banana types reach up to 40 ft tall. Most banana plants can be grown easily in containers and overwintered indoors if needed. We recommend a minimum 7 gal. planter size.

Banana plants are fast-growing, and prone to reproducing new plants through mini clones known as suckers.

Soil & Moisture: 
Thrives in ample humidity!  Bananas like to be planted high on a mound in rich, moist well-drained soil, nitrogen-rich soil, and humid conditions similar to their native areas tropical and subtropical regions. In well-drained soil, bananas can almost never get too much water, sunlight, and nutrients. Water regularly to maintain leaves and promote fruit production. 

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile: 
Yes

Growth Rate: 
Fast, Very Fast

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Small: 2" Peat Pots
Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

View Full Plantable Pot Size & Materials Guide Here 

Dig Deeper

The large ‘trunk’ is actually a pseudostem, which is made of bulky, leafy layers that emerge and wither over time.

According to the American Heart Association, one medium banana provides almost 9% of a person’s daily potassium needs.

Banana fruit is also rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese.

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