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Question: My sister-in-law is growing an indoor banana plant. Our climate only has aproximately 5 months growing season and averages only aproximately 65 degrees. This plant will never survive our outdoor climate. What is required to grow a healthy fruit bearingtree indoors, soil, food, lighting conditions etc? Many thanks. Wenda Wenda St. John's, Newfoundland

Answer: Getting bananas to grow indoors in winter is one thing, but getting them to fruit is another. To just grow them indoors, they need bright light all winter and very little water--- especially if the temperatures are cool (50F-60F). To get them to flower they need supplemental light such as halide lights only at least 12 hours a day, lots of water and heat (temperatures in the 70-80F range). They also like fertile soil but being root bound too. Contact the following company for more information ongrowing bananas in the North. Tha Banana Tree 715 Northampton Rd. Easton, PA 18042 610-253-9589

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