A smaller banana plant variety, suitable for urban back yard or pot growing. They will do well in most areas if its not too wet or frosty but will do so much better in a green house or polytunnel. Due to the smaller size of the plant, Dwarf cavendish have been a favorite of many growers. Suitable for NZ climate, excellent tasting, sweet flesh. Up 2m high. Produce higher quality fruit in sub-tropical conditions. Highly recommended and well suited to growing in NZ in warmer frost free areas.
Small - up to 0.4m Medium - up to .7m Large - up to 1m X Large - 1+m
Most types of banana plants prefer to grow in full sun meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight most days. Some varieties can scorch easily and will do better in partial shade.
Need a lot of water and plenty of moisture in the air. They do best when planted in groups fairly close together, as this helps to retain moisture in the leaves. Water regularly to make sure the soil stays evenly moist but not soggy. Avoid overwatering in winter which can cause root rot.
Well drained fertile soil and slightly acidic. They typically have poor tolerance for salt in the soil.
Apply a balanced fertilizer regularly throughout the growing season. Also, mix compost into the soil annually to raise the level of organic matter.
Doesn't like frost when they are small, but will tolerate better once established.