Red Banana Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Question by annacastro
July 16, 2008
Can you please give me some suggestions on caring for Red Banana Trees? I planted three of them about a month ago. They seem to grow new leaves however, their trunks are a yellowish color and the leaves seem to be splitting and drying out. We had some very hot days and I watered them everyday. Now that its cool down, I water every other day. I've also added some food hoping that will help. Please advise!

Answer from NGA
July 16, 2008


It sounds as though your banana plant is suffering in the summer sunshine. While they will grow in full sun, I find that they appreciate a little protection from hot afternoon sun in the summertime. The leaves will split when exposed to winds (and it doesn't take much to start to split). At this point I think I'd leave it where it is but plan on moving it to a more sheltered location next spring. You can hardly overwater or overfeed a banana plant so continue to water when you go outdoors and feed about every 3-4 weeks during the growing season. There's nothing you can do about the sunscald on the plant but eventually the top of your plant will die down and a new shoot will emerge from the root system. Best wishes with your banana plant!

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