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Author:  Callatya [ Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:56 am ]
Post subject:  Bananas in pots?

I would really like to get a few banana frees but after seeing the solid clump of them at my Grandmother's house and how difficult it was to remove them, I don;t really want to let them loose as there is no way I have the strength to get them out and divvy them up as necessary. If it was potted, that job would be much easier.

Do they grow OK in large pots? Will they fruit? Do I need to look for a specific variety?

I'm not too worried about fruit as I'd still want the leaves for my aquariums and cooking, but it would be good if I could get them to do both :-)

Author:  arbe [ Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bananas in pots?

A google search indicates that it is possible.

Would probably need a fairly large container.

Author:  Callatya [ Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:51 pm ]
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Yes, there seemed to be mixed responses coming up on Google, and a lot of them seemed to be from the US. Not sure we have the same type of banana or if their weather would have a negative impact.

Can you ballpark a "large container" for me? Would the large 60cm-ish black pots do the trick or would that still be too restrictive? I'll probably give it a try anyway, given the price of small trees and that I can use the leaves, but I'd like to have an idea of how best to help it along.

Author:  arbe [ Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:54 pm ]
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Over on the Backyard Aquaponics forum there is a member named DBird who is growing bananas in half a 45 gallon plastic drum in his Aquaponics system.

Author:  Bender [ Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:22 pm ]
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I am growing a few bananas here in busselton. I think they are lady finger variety. Mine are in the ground. Dont get fruit often but occasionally do

Author:  Callatya [ Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:18 pm ]
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I think I'm going to give this a try. I might not get the fruit but I can always use the fresh leaves for cooking and the dried ones for my fish :-) I'm considering sinking half a drum into the ground and keeping them contained that way. I just don't want them walking all over the place or getting too thick as I don't think I have the oomph to split them up.

Author:  Ccbear [ Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:56 pm ]
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Use half a blue drum and set it up as a wicking pot, bananas are hungry plants and once establish you can not let them dry out and keep the fertiliser up to them. Lady fingers or the golden variety are two of the dwarf type bananas.

Once established a banana clump consist of one plant that is bearing fruit, one plant half the height and a sucker just starting of. When the main truck has finished fruiting remove it as it will die any way add more soil and fertiliser.

If you want to remove the sucker and start another pot so there is not so much competition for the fertiliser and when the bearing plant has finished remove the plant and prepare the pot for the next sucker transplant. This is what I will be doing, my two lady finger plants have been in for three months and are now just starting to grow with the weather warming up. Cheers

Author:  Ccbear [ Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:03 pm ]
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Still in the pots and being watered every week with water and waste from my RFF attached to my main Aquaponic system. Still water every day from the bore and once every two weeks half a watering can per plant with seasol.

Might put them in the ground shortly as they have not yet produced a sucker and they are about 8 months old. Would expect them to fruit at 12 months.

Author:  Gwydion [ Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:08 pm ]
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I got three of them growing in an old car tire. One of them, a ladyfinger type has fruit on it. The tire contains them but also makes the harvest of suckers harder.


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