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 named “dessert” are the kind you’re accustomed to eating and are generally eaten when they are ripe & yellow. Most of the bananas you buy at the market are Cavendish varieties. Plantain bananas are are the overpriced bananas that look kinda funny in the baskets in the produce section that look like fruit that has been left to over ripen. Actually plantain are kind of rare at the store, and best eaten cooked, not right off the stem, and is generally done when the fruit is still green. Both versions of these banana types are tasty, however most people prefer to grow “dessert” varieties because of the simplicity of the fruit. Lastly there are ornamental banana trees which blossom fragrant flowers, but don’t produce edible fruit, however, they offer shade, a beautiful tropical look, and are hummingbird, butterfly and bee attractants.
India is the largest producer of bananas globally, no, not Hawaii
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.
Over a short period of time, beautiful paddle-shaped leaves expand out of this stalk or raceme. Over a longer period of time, a drooping, flowering stem emerges as a final structure which flowers and gives way to fruits, which develop in groups on this last stem. Each group is called a hand, and individual bananas in the hand are called fingers. Once your banana has fruited, you may cut it back to the top of the soil level; by the time your banana has fruited, your banana will have already sent up sucker plants from the corm, fruit, and then die back successively!
Due to weather delays, there may be periodic delays on specific varieties of bananas. Thank you for your patience.