Even though they are often called “banana trees,” banana plants are herbaceous perennials that grow to be the most prominent grasses on the planet.
However, do you know what time of the year do Bananas grow?
Bananas don’t have a specific growing season, which is why they’re available year-round at supermarkets. In tropical areas 30 degrees north or south of the equator, native banana trees may be found together with commercial banana plantation farms. For bananas, there are three phases of growth: vegetative development; blooming; and fruiting, which means that under ideal circumstances, it takes approximately a year from planting to harvest.
Growing a pseudostem, or false stem, is the first step in the vegetative growth of a plantlet, whether it’s from a seed or a sucker from the mother root. Opposite to banana trees, banana leaf plants have stems that grow together with the leaves and sheaths that create concentric layers. The plant will need between 10 and 15 months of the frost-free growing season to reach its maximum height. An immense pseudostem flower stem is formed when the shoot apex of banana plants climbs up from ground level, followed by the banana flower to fruit development that takes approximately three months beyond that point.
The female flowers show up first, with purple bracts and a clustered shape they’re known for. Bracts lost daily throughout the blooming stage cause male hands to develop following each set of female flowers. Each stalk has six to fifteen hands, which grow into 10 to 20 fruit as the plant matures. The pseudostem, which produces fruit only once, is cut and chopped for mulch once the fruit has been picked, and a new plantlet is allowed to grow.
In addition to its tropical foliage and vibrant blooms, banana plants are often grown for their fruit, produced by almost all kinds. Plant some in your yard and see what happens.