This little gem has won houseplant of the month in April 2017, no small accolade considering the thousands of indoor plants! Bananas originate from East Asia, and have spread from there to sunny regions across the rest of the world. First cultivated by humans around 8000 years ago, in recent years you may have seen the banana tree from holidays in the Canary Islands, Mexico, Thailand or Australia. Today the banana is the most popularly consumed fruit in the world, high in potassium and healthy, it keeps the heart beating regularly and can reduce the effect of sodium on blood pressure! Well done you little gem.
Care for the Banana here in Ireland
•Indoors It likes a warm and bright position greater that 12 degrees Celsius. The large leaves will evaporate a lot of moisture in hot weather, therefore keep an eye and water regularly.
•Avoid getting the soil too wet, since this can cause root rot. Once per month put a little liquid fertiliser, any houseplant liquid food is good, this will keep the banana tree strong and lush looking.
•The banana can be placed outdoor in a sunny, sheltered position from end of May to mid-October. Leave it in its container and support it from blowing over in the wind.