The Dwarf Cavendish is a type of banana tree that is small enough for gardeners to grow at home in pots. Although banana trees fare best in tropical conditions, the Dwarf Cavendish will also thrive indoors if placed near a window. This makes it a good option for individuals who would love to grow their own bananas, but live in a climate that is not conducive to a traditional outdoor banana tree. Once a Dwarf Cavendish matures in approximately three to five years, it can produce up to 90 bananas during each growing season.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Large flower pot
- Compost or manure
- Dwarf Cavendish rhizome
- All-purpose fertiliser
Prepare a large flowerpot with rich soil. You may opt to use equal parts dirt and compost or equal parts dirt and manure.
Plant the banana rhizome, or sucker, approximately one inch deep into the soil. A sucker is a sprout from the root of the mother plant.
Place the flowerpot in a sunny spot. If you live in a warm climate, you may grow your dwarf banana tree outdoors. If you choose to grow your banana tree indoors, however, you must place the pot near a south-facing window to allow your growing plant the greatest possible amount of sun exposure.
Water the Dwarf Cavendish frequently enough to keep the soil damp at all times.
Fertilise the growing plant every two months with all-purpose, high-nitrogen fertiliser until it sprouts fruit. A banana tree will thrive on either liquid or solid plant fertiliser.
Tips and warnings
- If you choose to place your banana tree outdoors, you will need to water it more often.
- An indoor Dwarf Cavendish should be rotated weekly to ensure that its large leaves receive equal sun exposure.
- Consider using the leaves from your plant in some of your favourite dishes. Remember, banana leaves are just as edible as bananas!
- If you plan to plant multiple Dwarf Cavendish trees outdoors, be sure to space them at least eight feet apart from one another.
- Frost will kill a banana tree. Bring any outdoor trees indoors, or cover them with blankets and a tarp, if you are expecting frost.
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