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How to Grow Bananas Indoors

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Overview

Unless you live in a tropical climate, it's likely that you have never entertained the idea of growing bananas. Yet, with a little skill and a few dwarf banana trees, even Alaskans can enjoy growing their own bananas indoors.

Step 1

Choose a dwarf banana tree. Super Dwarf or Dwarf Cavendish, Dwarf Red, Dwarf Brazilian or Raja Puri are suitable varieties for indoor growing.

Step 2

Purchase high-quality potting soil. It should be porous and well-draining, with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. For best results, mix 3 parts potting soil with 1 part sand.

Step 3

Repot the banana plant into a larger container. The new pot should be deep enough to completely cover the roots of the tree and allow for adequate water drainage. Do not cover the corm completely; the top 20 percent should be uncovered until the plant has several bigger fronds.

Step 4

Place the pot in a room that receives six to eight hours a day of indirect light; you can also use an artificial grow light. The room should stay above 60 degrees F and be free from drafts.

Step 5

Water the plant thoroughly. Do not worry about overwatering your bananas as long as the pot can drain and they are not standing in water.

Step 6

Fertilize once a week for maximum growth with a water-soluble, 8-10-8 fertilizer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Not all banana fruit is edible. Check the label on your plant before tasting the fruit. Watch for webbing under the leaves. It is an indication of red spider mites, the most common pest affecting indoor banana trees. Treat mite infestations by spraying the plant with insecticidal soap every seven to 10 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Dwarf banana tree
  • Large pot
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Growing Hardy Banana Trees
  • Banana Tree Care
  • How to Take Care Of Indoor Banana Plants

Who Can Help

  • Indoor Banana Trees
  • Growing Bananas Indoors
Keywords: indoor banana plants, growing bananas indoors, dwarf banana trees

About this Author

Darcy Logan has been a full-time writer since 2004. Before writing, she worked for several years as an English and special education teacher. Logan published her first book, "The Secret of Success is Not a Secret," and several education workbooks under the name Darcy Andries. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in special education from Middle Tennessee State University.