It took 3 years, but FINALLY, I got my Banana tree growing!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

It has taken some time and some mistakes not to mention a couple dozen banana's.

I will share  a few secrete's for those with a greener than average Thumb.

Stem of course needs to be up.   Plant while cool with the Banana almost still having a yellow tinge of color.

I found The photo below being the most successful.   Heavy soil and on the acidic side...6.8-6.6 is optimal.

Then water lightly and wait.

Germination takes between 5-10 days depending on weather.

This is from about a week ago.  The first sprout I saw.

2 days later...

Not very fast growing...This is after a week, a second leaf.

Now I know that I won't get any fruit from this tree for a number of years, but I am thinking of trying to keep it over winter for a year if it continues to grow!

I will post an update next week!



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Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

I have a clove of garlic that is doing the same sprouting right now. I better get it in the ground, pronto! Congrats on your future banana tree :)

Apr 24, 2012 08:37 AM #1
Randi Brammer
Randi Brammer, Acctg. - Hinckley, MN
Accountant & Tax Preparer

Bill...Thanks for the call.  I know you have been working on this for several years.  I remember you trying to stat it in a pot in the office. (Kids, don't try this at home).  Congrats!

Apr 24, 2012 08:39 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning William. I love this sort of thing.....try, try, try and try again until you get a result. I wish you well and hope the banana and you flourish together.

Apr 24, 2012 08:48 AM #3
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

William - I didn't realize you could grow them that way. Interesting. We grow avocado trees from the seed.

Apr 24, 2012 11:54 AM #4
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

You are having fun with that camera, aren't you? 

I liked your idea of a cover for the whole garden.  But, I have beds all over the yard!

Apr 24, 2012 12:25 PM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The tree was a hard one.

Suzanne...WE have beds in 8 different places and the garden is in two places.   Not everything needs to be covered, but i am ready if the need arises

Apr 24, 2012 01:51 PM #6
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

When I saw the first photo I thought you were doing one of your humorous stories. WOW. A real banana tree!

In Minnesota!

Apr 25, 2012 09:59 AM #7
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 320-630-6995

Success!! Finally.  I know you have been trying for a long time.

Apr 25, 2012 07:50 PM #8
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Bill, I'd really like to know how you're going to grow a banana tree in the frozen north.  I've got to give this a try...I've managed to get avacado's to grow...working on a peach tree now.

Apr 25, 2012 08:58 PM #9
Matt Rivers

Is this a wild banana or a normal one? ( is it a seed sprouting or vegetative cloning?)

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