I live in a cold climate and am 'pushing the zone' as David The Good would say.
I have a few cool climate dwarf banana plants that I've managed to keep happy the previous winter, but I've got a few questions:
- When do Banana plants begin to produce fruit? Is it 2yrs, 3yrs??
- When it produces fruit do you have to cut it back to the base? I've heard that a banana plant won't produce again so it needs to be cut down. Not sure if this is true.
I think that's about it, yet, being an absolute novice at growing banana's I'd love to hear some other useful information.
I'm aware they are very hungry plant, requiring plenty of water, nitrogen and potassium.
I've built a small greenhouse for a portion of the pups, and have the intention of building a temporary circular frame around the original tree, enclosing it with a double layer of greenhouse plastic. I expect the ones in the greenhouse; built with suntuf, to over-winter somewhat better.