Dwarf Banana Tree

Keeping The Dwarf Banana Tree Indoors

A dwarf banana tree can add a tropical feel to your home or garden area. In two years time, it can also produce delicious fruit that is organically grown by you. Before this plant produces fruit, it puts out blooms that are red, purple or burgundy. This plant is considered a hybrid triploid and a perennial and it can bring enjoyment for many years to come.  The dwarf banana tree can be grown either inside or outdoors.

This plant appears to resemble a small palm tree but the leaves are much larger. It has a few conjoining trunks and branches that grow directly from them. On each branch is a large leaf made up of smaller ribbon shaped leaves. They all form into one leaf and it is feathery and has one single thick vein that is seen in the center of the leaf. In early spring to early fall the tree produces blooms. These blooms have three petals and before they mature, they look like tube shaped pods. When the blooms fully open, they expose a yellow center and the flowers is striking as is sits against the light green leaves.

The dwarf banana tree is a tropical, tender plant. This means that it will not do well in cooler temperatures. In fact, it will not live in temperatures that go below 40 degrees for a long period of time. Luckily, you can keep this plant inside in a pot. But you will have to make sure that it has ample light.

Many people do not have good luck keeping their dwarf banana tree indoors because they do not give it what it needs to thrive. The first thing to consider while keeping this plant indoors is sunlight. This plant craves light and it needs a full six hours of sunlight everyday. Usually this is impossible during the winter months, so you should purchase a simple grow light to help the plant along. In the summer, you can place the plant outdoors for extra sunshine but always keep an eye on the temperatures at night and never leave the plant out when an early frost is due.

Another helpful tip for keeping this plant indoors is to fertilize the soil. This plant likes mildly acidic to neutral soil, so use a fertilizers that adds these nutrients. Since the soil is not getting healthy rain water or any of the other benefits of being outside, you should fertilize it at least three times a year.

This tree can reach up to 4 feet in height and it can spread out to a full 6 feet, so you should place the plant where it has enough room to fully grow. You will have to assemble your grow light over the tall plant during the winter months, so you will have to allow room for that also.

The soil in your dwarf banana tree container should always be moist but well drained. Make sure that you put holes in the bottom of the container for water drainage. If you place a plate under the container to catch the excess water, make sure to empty it as soon as possible. The roots are most at risk to be damaged in a container, so remember to feel your soil frequently and only water the plant when it is needed.

If you have had your dwarf banana tree for over two years and it has yet to produce fruit, this usually means that is isn’t receiving enough sunlight or nutrients. If this is the case, increase the grow light time one to two hours. You can also buy special fertilizers designed to help plants that produce fruit.



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