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Red Banana Plant 2.5 Metres High!


By Bripip

Hampshire, United Kingdom Gb


I bought a "miniature" red banana plant last summer, that got a bit down in the dumps, so we kept it under artificial light, fed it and put it out in May this year, now its over 2 metres high, still in the same pot and we are wondering what an earth to do with it come autumn! We live in Hampshire.

Any ideas?




Hi There

Interesting ideas - not sure this plant bears fruit. The label only says not frost resistant, that's about it. We might have to make room in our hallway - get rid of some furniture.

Kind regards

13 Aug, 2008


The red banana is too tender to leave out. Some people recommend cutting the leaves off and shortening the roots and wrapping the plant cosily in a frost free place with just a little soil on the roots.

We put ours in the garage in its pot and leave it fairly dry. Next year we will take off the top layer of soil and replace it. We give liberal dressings of chicken manure pellets and lots of water in late spring.

We have another banana - a musa basjoo - which is much tougher. We leave that in the garden and wrap it in fleece, with a final cover of the brown weed suppressant material because the white is too stark. Bubble wrap can make them sweat and then they can freeze.

If the banana dies down it can recover from the roots - but it won't be as tall in the first year.

13 Aug, 2008


Thanks for that - we will get chicken manure pellets for the winter!

14 Aug, 2008


Pot it in to a much larger pot with gritty compost. Like mine he will get to 8ft tall and so beautiful.

17 May, 2009

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