Although banana plants are seen as a tropical to sub tropical plant, some banana plants can be grown in cool climates given the right variety and conditions. Banana plants including dwarf varieties are available for sale from retail nurseries in QLD and can also be purchased online in other states. Generally bananas require a humus rich fertile soil, moist but well drained, they require 6-8 hours of sun and protection from frost and cool winds. Try cultivars such as Dwarf Ducasse and other listed below for best results in cool climates
Care of Banana Plants
In cooler climates a position that is north facing is ideal. We suggest digging the area to be planted over with some well rotted compost and animal manure 3-4 weeks before planting. Water in new plants with a liquid seaweed fertiliser and mulch well to retain moisture. A slow release fertiliser applied regularly is essential and we suggest additional applications of seaweed fertiliser during the growing season.
How long before a banana plant will fruit 2-4 years, after this you need to replace the plant with one of the offsets that has been produced.
After fruiting simply cut the plant back to the ground and it will reshoot from the offsets. A better practice is to dig and divide the offsets.
Banana species and varieties for cool climates
- Dwarf Ducasse and Ducasse
- Blue Java
- Pisang Ceylan
Warmer climate and commercial varieties
The most popular banana grown commercially is the Cavendish probably followed by Valery, and Williams Hybrid
Other banana varieties (most are not readily available in Australia) include:
- Manzano (apple bananas),
- Burro ( a short stubby banana)
- Plantain (cooking bananas)
- Red yes the skin is red (very sweet but difficult in commercial production as it does not transport that well)
- Lakatan ( a popular variety in the Philippines)
Banana Plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
473 Miles Platting Rd Rochedale Brisbane 4123
Specializing in fruit trees, including apple trees, citrus, avocado, mango, olive, macadamia, lychee, pawpaw and others. Also herbs and edibles.
BLUE SKY BACKYARD BANANAS
Tully QLD 4854 – phone: 0740682208
DPI approved tissue-cultured banana plants for backyard growers. Ladyfinger, Goldfinger, Blue Java, Dwarf Ducasse, Pisang Ceylan and Bluggoe available for sale by mail order Australia-wide.