Once upon a time, I ordered a dwarf Cavendish banana plant from Park Seed on clearance for $4.95. It was cute. It had 6 little leaves poking out of a quart container. I put it in a bigger pot and moved it out to my apartment balcony with a southeast exposure.
My lil’ Nana got bigger, but not too much bigger.
Then I moved in my my boyfriend (now DH), and we bought a house together. I decided that my baby banana tree needed more room to grow. I transplanted it into the ground by the garage.
It liked the Florida weather and sandy dirt a LOT. It is now over 10 feet tall and has sent up enough pups to make it around 5-6’ in diameter. The main tree is the one with the tallest leaves on the left.
Oh, and it has finally shot out a giant dingle dangle loaded with green bananas. (Again, from the tallest trunk on the left.)
DH wants to chop it all down. I convinced him to hold off until we at least get some ripe bananas off of it. It’s got until mid-February or so, then DH will be going at it with a chainsaw. Let’s hope the bananas are ripe by then and not blackened by an unexpected frost, because there is enough to make a whole year’s worth of green smoothies.