About Banana Plants
Banana plants produce oblong, bright green leaves that resemble palm leaves, adding a tropical aesthetic to any home. They are large plants and can reach around 40 feet tall. The dwarf cavendish banana plant is the most common type of banana plant for indoor use because of its perfect size.
Banana plants grow like palm trees. The new leaves twist up through the center of the pseudostem, or stem, and sprout from the plant's crown. While banana plants require abundant water and sunlight and won't grow bananas indoors, they are hardy, fast-growing, vibrant plants that are simple to grow.
Banana plants are in the family Musaceae, in the genera Musa. They are placed in the order Zingiberales. Although they are fruit-bearing plants, indoor banana plants are unlikely to produce fruit since they are taken out of their natural conditions.
Banana plants are large herbaceous plants, which means they have upright stalks instead of wooden stems. Banana plants grow from a rhizome structure, which means their root system grows horizontally underground and produces offshoots. They have flexible stems and die back every year.
It is believed that banana plants were first domesticated in Southeast Asia. Many varieties of banana plants still thrive in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Banana plants are fast growers and will produce banana leaves that are wide, elongated, and slightly rounded. They can range from lime green, olive green, and dark green. Banana stems appear white to pale green-yellow. Banana plants are tall, so be careful when choosing which type of banana plant to put in your home.
Types Of Banana Plants
There are over 1,000 varieties of banana plants. They are subdivided into 50 groups. Dwarf varieties of banana plants are the most manageable for houseplant use because they won't grow as tall as a typical banana plant. Below are common dwarf banana plants:
Dwarf Puerto Rican
Banana Plant Styling
It is best to grow banana trees in large pots with drainage holes. If you want your plant to grow large, repot it yearly. To keep its size contained, leave it in a smaller pot.
Banana plants like plenty of light, so they’re perfect in front of a large window. Larger plants make a great statement piece in corners and entryways. These tropical, sun-loving plants will also enjoy spending warmer months on your porch or in a sunroom.