I live in Vancouver, B.C. (Zone 8b). I want to grow a banana plant
outdoors in my backyard that bears fruit.
Can you give me some suggestions for what variety of banana plant I
Banana's are biennial, meaning they bloom the second year and set
fruit. However, you will never have enough heat or light up there in
Vancouver to stimulate a flower to set fruit.
Down here in Austin, TX I grow bananas, they flower after being in the
ground two seasons and the second season is when they produce. You
just don't have the conditions and if you did get them to fruit, it
would be woody and horrible.
I know that our domes up here in Wisconsin have a huge banana with fruit in
stages of ripeness on it. I have a fig "grove" that summers and fruits outside
is then brought into a heated garage for winter. So my feeling is give it a try,
look for dwarf varieties. all my container fruits need nearly daily watering.
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