Banana 'Lacatan' (Musa acuminata)Regular price $17.95
The Lacatan (or Lakatan) Banana is an evergreen perennial herb/ fruit tree native to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. A member of the Musaceae family, it is related to the Grand Nain and Double Mahoi but fruits faster than both.
These easy-to-grow Lacatan Bananas are notably quick to grow and are great for growing in containers. With a sweet, aromatic nature, the Lacatan Banana is often favored over the Cavendish in its native region of the Phillippines.
The leaves are a gorgeous, smooth and glossy jungle green and can be used to wrap fish or other delicacies. The large fruit bears a deep golden flesh color and is often said to be the “best tasting banana” by growers.
Lacatan Banana plants grow up to 5-9 feet tall and produce fruit abundantly in the warmer months.
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.
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)
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.
Full Sun, Part Shade
Fast, Very Fast
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+
Our bananas are grown from tissue cultures and are capable of fruiting within 1 year.