Banana Trees

Many homeowners enjoy the tropical accent that banana plants add to the home garden or landscape. Local gardeners are often surprised to see clusters of fruits on their homegrown banana trees.

Most calls that I receive concern some type of plant problem or problems including diseases, insect pests, nutrient deficiencies, etc. It’s a change of pace to receive calls on why a plant is doing an extremely desirable and splendid thing — like banana plants producing a bumper crop of exotic and edible fruit.

Many homeowners enjoy the tropical accent that banana plants add to the home garden or landscape. When growing conditions are favorable, banana plants will bear edible fruit. But first, some basics on banana culture in general.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

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Leigh Cowart

I had heard cutting the main stalks to the ground in the winter is the thing to do. Also, once a stalk produces fruit that's it, is that true?

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