Banana - G9, Kela - Plant
Banana trees are a common feature in New Orleans area landscapes. They are primarily grown for the tropical look they bring with their enormous leaves waving in the summer breezes.In addition to their large, attractive foliage, most of the large-growing banana trees here also produce edible fruit. The size, shape and quality of the fruit, however, may vary greatly from tree to tree. If the bananas your tree produces are not sweet enough for fresh eating, try using them in a recipe and adding a little extra sugar.We also grow several types of ornamental bananas that do not produce edible fruit. The dwarf banana (Musa ornata) produces upright spikes of small flowers with attractive pinkish purple bracts. The red banana (Musa coccinia) produces very attractive spikes of fiery red. And, the pink velvet banana (Musa velutina) produces clusters of small, pink fruit with a velvety skin. All of these ornamental bananas are smaller growing than typical bananas
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain, Kela||Green, yellow, red, purple.||Seasonal bloomer||6 to 14 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
The banana is a perennial plant that replaces itself. Bananas do not grow from a seed but from a bulb or rhizome.The time between planting a banana plant and the harvest of the banana bunch is from 9 to 12 months. The flower appears in the sixth or seventh month.
|Full sun.||Loamy soil, Sandy soil.||Medium||20 to 30 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
- Look up your area's temperature and humidity.
- Find the sunniest area in your yard.
- Choose an area with good drainage.
- Allow sufficient space.
- Consider growing it indoors.
- Select your planting material.
- Trim the plant.
- Dig a hole for each plant.
- Mostly fill the hole with loose, rich soil.
- Fertilize monthly a short distance from the trunk.
- ater frequently but avoid overwatering.
- Add mulch.
- Keep an eye out for discolorations, dying leaves, and pests.
- De-sucker your plants.
- Support the plant to avoid toppling of the plant due to strong wind or bunch weight.
Culinary use: Hot Bananas. Bananas are tropical fruits that are easily obtainable in most parts of the world, packed with flavor, loaded with nutritional value.
Medicinal use: Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.