|B-A-N-A-N-A-S GROWING IN NORTH CAROLINA, US|
An acquaintance gave my husband a banana baby plant a several years ago. We are not familiar with our banana herb variety that we are growing. We do not know where it came from either. It might be a Musa Basjoo. (pronounced “bass-jew” or “boss-hew”) or a few other hardier varieties that can grown in some areas throughout North Carolina. (Plant Zone .80) The fingers are so adorable!
The county extension for North Carolina says we cannot grow banana's due to our climate. I think they need to edit their website. lol
This particular variety seems to produce a bunch with six bananas each day so far.
|Current: Bananas August 12, 2014 nearly 9 ft.|
Do you see the offspring growing beside it? There are three babies coming up now.
|August 23, 2013 (No fruit this year!)|
Our main banana producer and a few babies growing alongside it. It was dug up and stored indoors the first year I came to North Carolina. Last year, it was taller than our closet and had to lay sideways.
|Banana 2011(Google Map - below window over 4 ft.)|
I have several other banana trees from the main tree growing on the other side of the house. They are over four feet this year with exception to two smaller ones that were dug up and moved to a sunnier spot. I am and amateur gardener and learning how to grow them.
I read that you do not measure the height of a banana plant by the leaves. Take a measurement from the soil to the last newly grown leaf or pseudostem. (pseudostem measurement)
I sure wish I could tell you which variety these banana plants are so I can share it with you and do better research. Any idea?
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