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Banana Plant Care

Learn All About Banana Plant Care with our Guide

The banana plant originates from the rainforest and comes in many different varieties. Dwarf plants are best suited for keeping indoors due to their compact size and symmetrical growth. The banana plant’s paddle-shaped leaves have beautiful wavy edges and a slight banana aroma. They like lots of direct sunlight, making them ideal for a conservatory or winter garden.

Caring for your Banana Plant

Sunlight

Banana plants love direct sunshine and will thrive in a position near a south-facing window. Alternatively, you can keep your banana plant outside in the warm summer months and bring it inside during the cooler months. Banana plant leaves can scorch so take time to acclimatise the plant before moving it to a sunnier spot full time.

Soil& Nutrients

Banana plants need a lot of nutrients, so make sure that your plant is in a large enough pot with an organically rich potting mix. Good drainage is important so you can keep the soil moist without it going soggy. To keep these hungry plants satisfied, use a liquid fertiliser during the growing season (May to August) and add compost or replace the soil once a year. Depending on the growth of your plant, you should re-pot it roughly every three years.

Water

Native to tropical rainforests, banana plants are used to wet conditions and enjoy lots of water. You should water your banana plant regularly, ensuring its soil stays moist but not soggy at all times. Be careful not to overwater your banana plant as this can cause root rot. Yellowing lower leaves are often a sign your plant has had too much water.

Climate & Humidity

Banana plants need a lot of nutrients, so make sure that your plant is in a large enough pot with an organically rich potting mix. Good drainage is important so you can keep the soil moist without it going soggy. To keep these hungry plants satisfied, use a liquid fertiliser during the growing season (May to August) and add compost or replace the soil once a year. Depending on the growth of your plant, you should re-pot it roughly every three years.

Maintenance

Your banana plant probably won't flower or bear fruit as a houseplant, and so should be fairly low maintenance. Keep the leaves clean of dust by wiping them with a damp cloth and prune any dead growth.

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