Some banana facts that you may or may not know (from Bulleen Art & Garden):
- Bananas are not trees! They are herbaceous, meaning that they have no secondary/woody growth. They are in fact pseudo-stems made out of very tightly packed leaves.
- They are the largest herbaceous flowering plant.
- Bananas can't reproduce via seeds as they have been cultivated for so long. They are cloned via division or tissue culture. After a banana plant's main stem fruits, it is cut down and a 'sucker' is left to develop into a new main stem.
So far we have planted three plants of one variety, 'Goldfinger', which should be cold tolerant and heavy cropping. We shall see! They are planted in a nice sunny spot next to a brick wall (= warm), but the soil underneath them is pretty compacted and void of nutrients. We weren't game to dig too deep as we didn't want to bust any pipes! We did add compost to the holes though, and we'll keep adding new compost to the area which should improve the nutrient levels and compaction.
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We think the banana trees look pretty happy in their new home, and we're really excited to see how they do. Stay tuned!