How to Grow Banana Plants
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Nice-looking six-inch banana plant. Not what you usually find.
Starting Out. Banana plant tubers usually arrive in your retailer’s store with shredded leaves or no leaves. We sort thru ours and remove all broken or injured leaves. We recommend you do this also. Bad leaves cannot repair themselves. Deleted leaves grow back faster when you prune out the injured leaves and stems. Use your thumbnail. You may never have a green thumb, but you will have a green thumbnail.
Actually Dwarf Lilies. In low light, banana plants throw up short stems with small pads on the ends. In high light, they grow stems up to your tank’s surface. In outdoor mini-ponds, they will also throw up white blooms. They grow very well in full sun.
Don’t Bury Your Bananas. The banana plant’s tubers define this plant. If you bury their “bananas,” they lose all personality. And you need not plant them. Some 80% sink to the bottom and root themselves. If you get some “floatees,” wrap a small bit of plant weight around one of the tubers (in the back) so it doesn’t show.
Biggest Advantage. Banana plants grow most attractively under medium to low light conditions -- a condition automatically achieved in your average 29-gallon tank and many 20Hs. Most 10s have water shallow enough that you’ll probably need to cut back on the lumens.
Growth. You can slow your banana plant’s growth by reducing
the light. Rather than changing your lighting system, just
Reproduction. I’ve never tried to reproduce banana plants. They probably reproduce from seeds and crown division (like most lilies). I’ve always been tempted to tear apart several bananas and scatter them in an aquarium with four inches of water, but just never got around to it.
Last Words. Banana plants make an excellent choice for those hobbyists who “Can’t grow plants.” Go for it. Expect slow growth. LA
from Mango 4 Jade, June 13, 2005
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