The Grand Nain is
known for merging tropical-inspired good looks with easy care
and fast fruiting. In fact, this long-leaved beauty yields large
heads of flavorful bananas faster than any other tree, and
produces well as a potted specimen...which means exotic fruit in
even the coldest locations.
And since it's resistant to most diseases, the Grand Naine
stands up to problems, including strong winds. Simply remove any
damaged or worn leaves to stimulate the growth of new leaves, or
even use them to wrap meat for your next barbecue. Seriously -
there's nothing you can't do when it comes to the Grand Naine.
During the growing season, you'll see fresh new leaves appear
every few days.
Grand Nain Banana Care
Grand Nain 'Naine' Banana Trees are self-fertile. You will get
fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Grand
Nain 'Naine' Banana Tree will drastically increase the size of
Fertilize bananas using any type of high nitrogen organic
fertilizer. Bananas are heavy feeders so we suggest that you
fertilize every couple of months After your initial watering.
Light and Temperature Requirements
Grow bananas in BRIGHT LIGHT. 12 hours of bright light are ideal
for most varieties. bananas prefer Constant WARMTH this is very
important – the ideal night temperature would be 67 F. The day
temperatures would be in the 80s. Ideally you would have fresh
If you are in a more northern climate you may bring them during
the winter. rhizome / rootball and all, remove the leaves and
store the plant, dry, in a heated area over winter. To assure
survival, it is easier to dig small suckers, severed very close
to the parent rhizome, and pot them for overwintering indoors.
Spacing should be at around 4′ this will produce a stand or
We recommend planting Bananas in patches or groves, placing them
together in a stand. The shade from a stand of bananas is
generally cooler than regular shade, a well placed hammock will
do nicely on a hot summer day.
After fruiting, the mother plant which bore should be cut off
near ground level, as it can never produce again. If cut into
three or four pieces with each piece then being split lengthwise
the old trunk will quickly decompose. Use the remains in a mulch
bed or compost heap.
After a major cold period in which there is no doubt that
bananas were killed to the ground, cut the plants off at ground
level within a couple of weeks of the freeze. Dead bananas are
not very attractive and they are much easier to cut off before
decomposition starts. banana leaves can be removed after they
break and hang down along the trunk.
Most bananas will produce the flower bud within 10 to 15 months
of emergence as a new sucker, depending mostly on variety and
extent of cool/cold weather. Most production north of the lower
Rio Grande Valley occurs in the spring and summer following a
particularly mild winter.
Bananas can be propagated from pups which are the off shoots
from mature plants. These off shoots will form new Rysomes thus
creating a new plant. Commonly referred to as a pseudo stem or
trunk, bananas possess a trunk-like feature composed of fiber
Pests and Diseases
When it comes to Pests and Diseases Bananas have few troublesome
pests or diseases outside the tropics. Root rot from cold wet
soil is by far the biggest killer of banana plants in our
Broad, long, graceful leaves and rapid growth-commonly reaching
full size in just a few weeks-make banana a favorite plant for
providing a tropical look to pool and patio areas. The
development of bananas following a frost-free winter is a source
of both pride and amazement to those unfamiliar with banana
Bananas are a tropical herbaceous plant consisting of an
underground corm and a trunk (pseudostem) comprised of
concentric layers of leaf sheaths. At 10 to 15 months after the
emergence of a new plant. There are thousands of banana
varieties and some species reach up to 50 feet in height.
Additionally Banana flowers appear in groups (hands) along the
stem and are covered by purplish bracts which roll back and shed
as the fruit stem develops. The first hands to appear contain
female flowers which will develop into bananas (usually seedless
in edible types). The number of hands of female flowers varies
from a few to more than 10, after which numerous hands of
sterile flowers appear and shed in succession, followed by
numerous hands of male flowers which also shed. Generally, a
bract rolls up and sheds to expose a new hand of flowers almost
The most common names for bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa
balbisiana, banana, plantain, banano, platano, guineo, cambur,
English, plantain, horse banana, platano, Musaceae, Cavendish
Banana sap is a more like water than sap but will slightly stain
clothes if your not careful. However some find it to be a mild