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How to Get a Banana Tree to Fruit
Edible banana trees (Musa x paradisiaca) love warm climates so much that they refuse to flower and fruit without 10 to 15 months of frost-free weather. Not really a tree at all, banana is a perennial herbaceous plant hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. Bananas are killed back to the ground by temperatures below freezing. While many modern hybrid cultivars are available, not all banana trees produce edible fruit. If tasty treats are your goal, plant a k...
When to Cut the Flower From a Banana Plant
Few plants add a tropical feel to the garden like the large-leaved banana (Musa spp.). Depending on the variety, banana plants grow anywhere from just 6-foot-tall dwarfs to 20 feet and can survive in a chilly U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 5 to a tropical zone 11. Before producing fruit, a banana plant produces a single large flower stalk. As the fruit develops, if the flower is cut off too early or in the wrong spot, you could lose the banana crop all together.