Three Year Bananas – Growing dwarf banana trees in your garden


growing bananas in your backyard is a
very rewarding experience in today’s episode we look at a three year journey
for growing our dwarf banana plants from planting till harvest so let’s begin in
June in June of 2014 we planted our dwarf banana plant this is the dwarf
Rajapuri banana plant now you can also get other dwarf varieties like the
Cavendish or other varieties from your local garden stores we got ours from
Home Depot and fast forward a year in July 2015 you can see that the plant is
well established and one thing you do need to note is that you need to choose
a nice sunny location for your banana plant at least 6 hours of Sun a day and
in about a year you will see that the banana plant has started producing its
first bud, which will produce a bunch of bananas now in the first year you need
to make sure that you are providing adequate nutrients to the plant you can
use a all-purpose fertilizer a balanced fertilizer or you can use a high
nitrogen fertilizer as well because bananas need a lot of nitrogen to
produce these big leaves which in turn will produce good bananas and as you can
see here in August of 2015 the plant has started producing a lot of bananas as
you can see here and it will keep producing bananas for some more bunches
before it will stop producing bananas and around September you can see that
the production of the bananas is almost complete and at this stage what you can
do is you can harvest the bud of the plant because once you harvest the bud
the bananas will still keep growing on the top so the bud or the flower itself
is very much edible and here we’re going to look at the harvest of the flowers
what you do is just chop off the bottom part of the stem where the banana
bud was produced and you will notice that just on top of the banana flower or
the banana bud the bananas actually were very small and
literally stopped producing so you can just see how your banana production
goes and then you will know when to harvest your bud and the bud is very
delicious the flowers are very delicious and in my previous video that I posted
about growing bananas have posted a recipe as well and in October 2015 you
can see that the bananas have started growing larger and they will continue to
grow larger now you can either let them grow larger on the plant and if you have
moderate temperatures the bananas will keep growing on the plant or you can
start harvesting your fruits now the way I harvest the fruit is just harvest one
by one some of the bunches that are produced starting with the largest ones
but you can even start at the bottom as I’m showing you here it is just easier
to harvest the fruits at the bottom and you can either eat them raw or you can
ripen them they ripen very quickly on the shelf the only maintenance that you
need to do for your banana plants is pruning and this is more for aesthetic
purposes once the leaves turn yellow you can chop off the leaves from the sides
and although it’s just a lot of work it makes your plant look a lot more
beautiful as you can see here these leaves that are yellowing and becoming
brown can be removed and this doesn’t really have any effect on the fruits
now you can see here fast forward a couple of months more and the fruits
will keep getting a little larger on the plant and they haven’t ripened yet
because we’ve had some cold days during this time during the winter season
and let’s talk a little bit more about the fertilizers so if you have a
well-prepared ground with a lot of manure that’s the best thing you can do
for your banana plant mix in a lot of compost a lot of manure and banana grows
pretty much in any kind of soil we have a naturally sandy soil here in Southern
California where I live and it produces great banana plants as you can see here
you can see a hint of ripening on the plants and they will still keep getting
larger as they grow on the plant and here you can see that we continue to
harvest the bananas the fruits as time goes on and once again they will ripen
very well when kept on the Shelf now if you want you can even harvest the entire
bunch if you can consume that many bananas but they usually all ripen at
once so it’s better if you just keep harvesting one by one each bunch and
that way you get a steady supply of bananas right from your backyard
and these homegrown bananas are absolutely delicious and although this
time we ripened our banana of the tree we will soon see how you can even ripen
your bananas on the plant and here you can see it’s a beautiful looking harvest
the bananas are very nice and with just a dwarf tree you are able to harvest a
lot of bananas now with bananas once the lifecycle is complete you have
to remove and chop off the tree because one plant produces one and only one
cluster of bananas so here you can see that the tree is pretty heavy so I just
use a saw to first chop off the tree in parts so I would start with the top part
of the tree and once that is done I remove the bottom part of the tree and
once that is done this will give more space for the other trees to grow around
the main plant now what you’re gonna see here is how I use the stem of the plant
now after you chop the tree off the banana plant is still useful because the
tender and the center part of the stem is very delicious it can be used in a
variety of recipes there are some delicious recipe recipes that you can
use the stems for so the way you use the stem is first you start removing the
sides the thick parts of the trunk and that takes quite a while and it’s a
tedious process but what you do is you just keep going and keep removing the
layers finally you will reach what is the middle and the tender part of the
stem as you can see here we’re now almost approaching the center part of
the stem and it will be a little tiered as you can see here you’ll have some
larger areas and some smaller areas now this part of the stem is very delicious
and as I mentioned you can use it in a variety of dishes you can google some
recipes for the keyword here and you’ll get a lot of dishes for this plant now
while we were doing this there was another plant that was growing right
next to that and a couple years later you can see that it has
produce some buds and flowers and some bananas so that one banana plant that we
removed made way for the other plants to grow now in May 2017 we were actually
planning to go on vacation so I set up a drip irrigation system for the fruit
trees and banana plants are really thirsty they need a lot of water so make
sure that your banana plants are getting adequate water and that’ll really help
your banana plants grow very well I noticed that once I put the drip
irrigation system in place my banana plants were a lot more greener and we’re
producing much better than when I was hand watering them and you can see here
this is the second plant that grew and it has produced some really good banana
clusters as you can see here which will go on to form some good fruit and once
again we are going to be harvesting the buds first the buds and the flowers
will be harvested first so that the rest of the bananas can continue to grow on
the tree and this is a question that has been asked by some of my viewers is
whether the harvest of the bud causes any problems in the fruit growth and the
answer is no I have never seen any problems with growing fruits once the
bud is harvested now fast forward to November 2017 you can see that some of
the fruits have started ripening and these fruits have ripened on the tree
and they’ve ripened pretty quickly you can see here you can literally remove
the fruits from the tree and these fruits that have ripened on the tree
these are absolutely delicious very sweet very delicious bananas and they’ve
reached the full size of their growth and well by growing bananas at home this
is something that you can achieve you can ripen fruits on the tree eat them
fresh a right off the tree and that’s a big win for you because the bananas that
you get at the store have all been harvested while they were green and
they’ve been ripened using ethylene gases
and warehouses so not only a natural way of ripening bananas but what you see
here is the best way you can grow and eat some really delicious bananas at
home and you can even harvest the entire bunch and they’re so fragile that you
can see they’re just falling off the tree
but if you’re a little more careful you will be able to harvest them in bunches
like you see here and once again this is the dwarf rajapuri banana and I’m also
growing the dwarf Cavendish banana which would be ready for harvest in maybe a
year or two but this banana plant that reaches about six foot in height is a
really good way to grow delicious bananas at home and you can see here the
harvest looks absolutely gorgeous and it’s also absolutely delicious and
eventually over a period of time you will see that all the bananas on the
plant will ripen very quickly in fact in a matter of days because each ripening
banana releases natural gases ethylene gases that ripen the entire bunch and
once again once the banana is harvested you need to make sure that you remove
the tree this is very important for the lifecycle of the banana plant so that
the other trees around it have room to grow and once you are done harvesting
the banana there’s really no point in keeping the trunk or the tree alive you
don’t have any benefit by doing so and what we will also be doing once again is
harvesting the tender part of the stem the center part of the stem and this is
how you do it you just once again open up the plant and then try to you know
remove the layers and go towards the center of the stem now banana is a plant
that doesn’t have any insects and nor does it have any diseases very easy to
grow in your home garden so I really hope you try out growing banana plants
you can easily grow them and zone 9 or above and if you’re in other zones you
might want to plant it in a container and then keep it either in a greenhouse
or take it indoors and you can still grow these dwarf banana plants easily at
home so there we have it folks that was our episode on growing bananas if you
like this video do give us a thumbs up if you grow bananas yourself do let us
know in the comments below what are the challenges you faced growing bananas and
what advice or comments would you have for our fellow viewers we’ll see you
again soon happy gardening

100 thoughts on “Three Year Bananas – Growing dwarf banana trees in your garden

  1. Fertilizer for banana plant: http://amzn.to/2FDPwk3
    Fertilizer with Biozomes (Helps in poor soils): http://amzn.to/2DgMDau

  2. In Tamil Nadu, many varities of bananas are there, I like green bananas and red bananas. It's so easy to grow but it cost each banana 5 to 9 rupees, you must try it out

  3. Great video, I truly enjoyed it. I think I will follow your advice and make sure my banana tree is well watered. 😊

  4. we have feijoas and i randomly found a red cherry guava at the store this year, looks like we are finally catching up with the times lol

  5. never ever hear about people growing bananas in cali and i have no idea why.. it seems that they all move from cali to hawaii and grow them there instead lol its not just "yeah dude cali totally" anymore its like "aloha yeah dude yeah cali totally awahu" lol well done bro

  6. Dude great stuff! I remember when you were at 60k subs way back when you told me about this channel. Great content and keep it up! – Anirudh C.

  7. enjoyed the episode. are you familiar with an Indian variety called "elaichi kela" it looks like your variety perhaps a little smaller in size. I am interested in growing it and would appreciate any information like: english name, and if available for purchase in USA

  8. My issue right now is gold finger 🍌 2 of them flowered in almost right at the beginning of winter and the bananas don’t seem to be growing. My manzanos have bin doing great, I have found that if you get pups from someone growing bananas in your area in their yard, they do much better. Probably because they are more acclimated to the climate

  9. Hi terrific video — have you had any problems with birds going after the fruit?  I  I would like to add a banana tree to the garden — what is the advantage vs. store bought??

  10. Hello! We love our bananas and plantain trees. Out of curiosity, do you cut the flower to eat it or is there another reason? In our experience, the flower keeps producing bananas and we harvest a huuuge bunch. The leaves of the flower fall off gradually as more bananas are "born" out of it and then it dries out once all the bananas have emerged.. then we cut the dried out flower. Just curious if you know that your banana tree would have produced like 6 times the amount of bananas that you harvested.

  11. Love watching your channel! I am hoping you make a video on growing dragon fruit. I am attempting to start some seed I got from a fruit I bought at the grocery store. Not optimistic that I'll get any fruit out of it as I'm seeing its gonna take ~2 years before it matures. Plus its a cactus plant which I've never grown before. Your episodes are always the most informative, clear, and concise. Seeing the process from beginning to end really helps. Keep up the good work!

  12. I have watched almost all the videos and I think you have tried almost all the vegetables depending on the climate that is available there and they are all very very informative.Have you tried growing vegetables using hydroponic system

  13. This is year three for my banana plants! I'm going to try my best to pamper them to get fruit this year. I don't have irrigation set up on my property, so I'm going to experiment with swales this year. I hear the banana circles are working well in permaculture settings. Your bananas are quite impressive! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Love your video.. But did you have to buy more banana trees in place of the one that you kept removing once you were done harvesting the last of your bananas. Or did your original banana tree create more trees around its base?

  15. I have a banana growing in my garden an off shoot from my neighbor plant its 3 yrs old it has never produce. The tree is between my neighbors house and a big Hollie tree it gets 2 to 3 hrs of direct sunlight should I relocate.

  16. You can leave the banana heart on the tree until it creates a big long gap between the heart and the fruit and is way down away from the fruit so you can have the maximum amount of banana fruits to harvest. Eventually the heart will stop growing real fruits and will only have the blossoms on the heart, that's when you can cut the heart off the banana. Also leave the banana fruit in the plant until the are fully mature and plump enough so can have meaty, fully matured banana to ripen on your counter or brown bags. They taste much better that way and you get more yield.

  17. Really enjoy all your informative videos and love what you are doing. I'm going to give banana trees a try. Thanks !!!

  18. I absolutely LOVE watching your channel. We aren’t terribly far from your city. Seeing what you’re able to grow gives this newbie gardener much hope. TFS!

  19. well you don't have to completely cut the tree down around 2.5feet (pruning) and when it grows back would grow a new bunch, but overall its a really wonderful watch and good learning video to new comers 🙂

  20. I have a few banana trees in my yard. All have grown HUGE! Large green healthy leaves. Unfortunately none of them have ever produced bananas.

  21. Hi
    Just had to try growing bananas after seeing your video.
    Will they stay alive thru N CA winters ? frost maybe 5 days a year ? or do they need to be covered etc.

  22. How deep are the roots? When you cut down the tree do you take it roots and all? I was given a pup, I've never grown bannanas. Do they tolerate cold? When should I put it in ground from the container?

  23. artificial nitrogen causes a weak imunsystem for the plant… Focus more on the micro organisms in the soil.

  24. thank you I'm looking forward to my dwarf cavendish banana to produce fruit and you inspired me to buy more banana plants.

  25. Do I have to worry about roots going all over to neighbors yard? Wow! I learned so much, I'm amazed how I can eat other parts of banana plant

  26. I'm I'm Florida and have planted a mulberry and papaya. I think a banana will be my next tree. Thanks so much!

  27. High nitrogen. So that tells me that it may be great for my dogs and party guests to pee in the banana soil. Is that true?

  28. Well… there’s a random ass banana tree in our backyard. It has lots of green bananas in it lmao. Nobody grew it or anything like it was just there

  29. What happen if you just leave the plant after you harvested the fruit? Does it die? or can you keep it to harvest the leaves? Will it continue to grow?

  30. Hello, yeay beautiful plant.
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