How to Grow Bananas
Plant Type: Perennial Fruiting Plant/Herb, Fruit Tree
Harvest Season: Summer
Mature Size: 6 ft.
Soil & Moisture: Rich, moist, well-draining soil. They prefer acidic, mounded soil.
Light Requirements: Full Sun, Part Shade
Zone Hardiness: Outdoors 9-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+
Growing Bananas, Indoors and Out!
As it turns out, that’s not the only aspect of bananas that became a common misconception: The banana plant is an evergreen perennial 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. With good care, bananas will fruit within the first 15-18 months of planting. Banana plants can be grown indoors as leafy houseplants, but may not produce fruit without sun exposure and nitrogen-rich soil, similar to native areas in tropical zones of Central America and Southeast Asia. In well-drained soil, bananas can almost never get enough water, sunlight, and nutrients.