Alright, everybody knows what a banana is. But here's some info you might find interesting! The banana family, thought to have originated in Asia, but commonly found in South America, is a large paddle-shaped leafed plant with clusters of edible fruits. Zoned 8-10 outdoors. They grow tall in full sun in these zones outdoors, yet they are ideal as houseplants with warm bright light year round.
Bananas are small to large herbaceous (soft leaved) tree-like plants with leaves held at the top of what appears to be a trunk, but what is actually a tightly woven packed bunch of leaf sheaths and leaf stalks that emerge from an underground stem called a raceme. A banana starts as a bulb (or corm. That's right, C-O-R-M....Not Corn). Roots grow from the lower surface of the corm and the banana leaves form from the top surface of the bulb's stem called a raceme. You can start these plants from seeds, but it is a little more difficult and much more time consuming to do. Many seeds can take 6 to 8 months to show growth or healthy germination, and most seeds must be scored before this can be attempted. There is no guarantee on seeds, if you want a guaranteed plant, simply buy the plant.