Banana plants grow fruit, however, not all banana plants produce fruit that you can eat. Some varieties like the red banana, the dwarf banana, and the pink velvet banana are grown for their flowers. They do make fruit, but it’s not edible. When you’re choosing a banana plant, make sure to pick one that’s bred to make tasty fruit.
How to Get Banana Trees to Produce Fruit
Maybe there’s no fruit on a banana plant in your garden. The problem could be one of a number of things. Getting banana trees to fruit takes certain conditions.
– If your soil is poor, your tree may grow fine but not produce fruit. Your soil should be rich, non-saline, and have a pH between 5.5 and 7.0.
– Getting banana plants to fruit also requires continuous warmth. A banana plant can survive down to freezing, but it won’t grow or set fruit below 50 F. (10 C.). The ideal temperature for banana fruit set is in the mid 80’s.
– Be very careful about pruning your banana plants. The stalks that produce the fruit grow up slowly inside the stems.
– Cutting back a stem may mean no banana fruit the following season. Only cut stems that have already fruited.