Banana Musa are exotic tropical plants have very basic requirements; however, the care you provide must be consistent and ample. Before purchasing a banana plant, take a little time to learn what it takes to make them happy and keep them that way.
To grow banana successfully you must provide generous amounts of:
- Organic Matter and Mulch
- Potassium and Nitrogen
- Consistent Warmth
- Consistent Moisture
- Consistent Humidity
- Fertile, Dark, Rich Soil
In addition to providing these conditions, you must also understand that banana trees do not like to stand alone. They grow from a central corm (rhizome). In nature the parent plant dies back after producing fruit and its offspring shoot up from the corm to take its place.
This growth pattern, allows the plants to grow in small groves, the way nature intended. They need the shelter of one another as protection against wind and sun. Allowing them to grow in small groups helps them make the most of available nutrients.
This also helps create the humidity needed in order to thrive. Growing together in small clumps helps to protect banana plants against extremes of heat and cold, periods of drought and excessive exposure. This is essential in keeping them healthy and happy.