Pink Fruiting Banana - Knowledgebase Question

Peoria, AZ
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Question by rholman6
June 15, 2002
I am just curious. Will the referenced subject grow in my location? If so, why don't the nurseries carry more of these items in this area? I am very interested in starting with some young plants in the fall to give them time to adapt to the weather here. Summers can be brutal.

Answer from NGA
June 15, 2002
Tropical plants thrive with more soil moisture and humidity than we have here in the low desert. Bananas will grow here, but they require a fair amount of input from the gardener. They need a protected location from hot afternoon sun, such as an eastern exposure, as well as protection from drying winds, and regular water. There is a subtropical fruit growers group that meets at the County Cooperative Extension office once a month, and they have a demonstration garden with some unusual tropical fruits. I think you can find more info about them at this website under Garden Clubs:

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