Last spring I purchased my first banana plant while attending a spring plant sale. The beauty of the red splotched leaves with the burgundy undersides drew me into its spell.
Grand Nain X Sumatrana is a cross between an ornamental banana and one with very good tasting fruit. No blooms have appeared on any of my bananas yet so I just content myself with enjoying those tropical leaves.
As I began talking about bananas to all my friends and making banana related posts on various gardening websites, I discovered that there are "banana enablers." Suddenly, a Dwarf Cavendish showed up in my garden.
The next thing I knew, someone brought me an Ice Cream banana plant. This plant grew over 8 feet tall in just one season. Sadly, no blooms on this one either. I really want to know if it tastes like ice cream.
I went to a garden swap party this April and came home with yet another variety, Raja Puri. This plant is more cold hardy than the others. So perhaps I'll get some fruit from this one. These are all pictures of the bananas as they currently look. This January's freeze killed the first three pictured plants to the ground but they have put out lots of pups and have grown just as large as ever, as you can see. They are just like gingers in coming back from the corm. I'm hoping to successfully separate some pups so I can pass on the love. Last year I tried separating some of the pups but I didn't let them get large enough before cutting the connection to the mother plant. None of the separated pups lived. Hopefully, I will be successful this time. I need to "pass it on."