Growing Dwarf Banana Tree Indoors


Growing Dwarf Banana Tree Indoors

If you are not an inhabitant of an area where the temperature is not suitable for growing bananas outdoor, try to grow dwarf varieties in containers, because containers allow you to manage the optimal conditions for plant growth. You can grow it easily anywhere in your house by providing the required light and water. 

The banana house plant has white flowers that emerge from purple-colored buds, moreover, its leaf shape is also unique and catchy. Some type of banana trees gives you edible fruits, while others are only used for ornamental purposes. So, while choosing the type of banana tree keep in mind the characteristics of the desired type.  

About Banana Tree:

The banana tree grows best in the tropical regions and its leaves seem to be broad and paddle-shaped extending from the center of its stalk. At the beginning in East Asia, the banana trees were quite easy to grow but appropriate moisture conditions is needed. 

To keep your banana trees cheerful flourish by regular smoke, or place them in a shady area of your house like on top of the roof near the water tank. 

Growing Banana Inside:

While growing indoors the size of a banana tree can be large so the dwarf variety is the best choice to grow. Though, a large deep container is required to take in all roots of the banana tree. It should give proper drainage facilities. 

Needs Of Indoor Banana Tree:

The indoor banana plant requires depleated soil rich with humus and sunlight. In fact, a duration of 12 hours of bright light is needed for indoor banana trees. 

The banana plant should prevent extreme hot conditions to protect them from burning. Banana plants also grow better between 5.5 and 7.0 pH. The banana rhizome should be straight roots covered with soil.  

Tips For Growing Banana Tree Indoors:

  • Although the appearance of the banana plant is just like trees they have no woody stem, they contain bark formed by their leaves. Their pseudo stems arise from rhizomes. 
  • By putting in a container rapidly growing banana plants grow more fastly. Drainage holes are required to protect against the rotting of roots. 
  • Bananas drink large amounts of water. Humidity should be present in the soil but it should not be completely wet. The plant is thirsty if the leaves bend from the center and become brown. 
  • Injured or damaged leaves are cut by using scissors. They have delicate leaves which rupture easily and split over time. So wisely cut the leaves.
  • Usually, insects do not affect banana plants. Yet banana plants can prevent insects by providing humid conditions.  Aphids can cause new leaves to bend, and look dry and colorless. Treat any infection immediately.

Care For Banana Trees:

Light:

The banana plant requires bright light to grow well. In the case of low light, it does not produce fruit. The duration of 6 hours of direct sunlight is enough for them to grow well and produce fruit in summer and spring. 

This plant can be taken out in summer but it should be brought back when the night temperature drops.

Watering:

Banana plants are heavy drinkers while growing they often become thirsty so water them on regular basis. Soil should be humid during spring and summer and slightly dry in winter.

Does not use cold water for this tropical inhabitant plant always use water at room temperature. A large amount of water is needed for indoor banana plants than for outdoor. Overwatering can cause rotting of roots so allow it to dry a bit while watering. 

Optimum Temperature:

Warm and humid conditions are suitable for these plants. Indoor bananas need warm temperatures, the average room temperature is 65-75 F / 18-24 ° C. exposing them below the 60 F ceases the growth and cold temperature leads to the death of the plant so keep them away from windows and doors to protect them from coldness. 

Moisture:

Moderate room temperature is suitable for them. indoor air can be very dry during winter so keep it moist through different methods. 

Soil: 

Good quality soil is required to contain adequate moisture for the flourishing of banana plants

Fertilizing:

A constant supply of nutrients is required for better growth of the banana plant so add fertilizers on regular basis. Feed the balanced amount of liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring and autumn throughout the container. 

Propagation:

The rhizome is divided and 3-6-month-old suckers are isolated. Suckers are separated by digging the roots carefully and put on the top. Suckers become flowers after planting for one year.

Harvesting:

The bunch of fruit is cut down when it is ripened. It can also harvest before one week of ripening. To get flavorful bananas to hang them in a shady places. Once the stemmed fruit grows, it dies. Cut off the stem and let the offsets take over. 



Exclusive Care:

A moist piece of cloth is used to clean the dust from the leaves of the banana plant. If you use household cleaners they cause damage to leaves. A spray bottle containing a diluted dish soap is used. 

The dead foliage can act as breeding spots for various pests and diseases so remove them from plants and soil. It is not necessary that your indoor banana plant will definitely bring fruit; sometimes conditions are not suitable for fruit production.

Tip To Encourage Fruit Production:

The fruit production increases, by putting containers far from dry places, it is also aided my weekly rotation. If it’s not too heavy, set it aside for the summer holidays and see how it goes. 

When the temperature starts increasing bring it back inside. If cold approaches it is deteriorated beyond repair, as it ceases the production of bananas. 

Dwarf Banana Varieties

The most common dwarf banana varieties are

Dwarf Cavendish banana tree:

The Dwarf Cavendish banana tree gets its name from its small stalk of 8 to 10 feet. It has large flowers. Its young leaves are purple or red, but turn green when they grow. 

The banana that comes out of the flower is about the size of a typical Cavendish banana, six to 10 inches long. When fruit gets mature, the skin turns green and yellow, and the flesh inside turn’s white.

Musa red banana tree:

 It can be grown in pots although these can sometimes grow taller than 10 feet. This is an ornamental plant, has red flowers. 

Like the more familiar banana plant in the Musa genus, this red and green-leafed banana plant is about the size of a tree, but in fact, it is not a tree, it is a giant herbaceous plant, which has non-woody “pseudostem” made up of leaf stalks that are firmly bundled together.

Dwarf Ice Cream Banana Tree:

The Ice Cream Banana Tree has more than 1,000 species of banana trees in the world. These bananas have a creamy texture and vanilla custard flavor that makes them a sweet and delicious substitute for ordinary bananas that are available in the local grocery store. 

The ice cream banana is a dwarf banana variety but grows taller as compared to others. The leaves are nine feet long and two feet wide. It has lime-colored leaves and stems. They have red-colored flowers.

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