10 Banana Tree Facts

If you’re looking to learn a little bit more about the banana tree, then you’re in luck. Banana trees are actually plants, but we still refer to them as banana trees because of their appearance. So, lets learn some facts about this tree/plant and understand how it works.

Banana Tree Facts

  1. We know that there are more than 1000 different species of Banana tree out there.
  2. Banana trees are located in more than 150 countries all around the world.
  3. Although you might think of South America as producing the most bananas, India and China are actually the two biggest producers.
  4. The banana is actually considered to be a berry, due to the way that it is grown.
  5. Many people think that bananas need to be grown in tropical heat. However, Iceland has been producing their own bananas in the 1940s!
  6. In colder temperatures, bananas can take years to grow. Whereas in hot countries, bananas can grow in as little as a few months.
  7. Obviously, the main use of the banana tree is the fruit that it provides, but banana trees also have medical uses, and can be used to make things too, like clothing and craft materials.
  8. The largest banana tree species is called Musa Ingens, and it grows in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. It can grow as large as 15 meters high.
  9. The average lifespan of a banana plant is as little at 12 months.
  10. However, during it’s lifetime, a banana plant will produce ‘pups’, which are smaller banana plants that grow from the main plants offshoots!

Common Questions about Banana Trees

Can banana trees walk?

One of the most asked questions about banana trees is whether they can actually “walk”, or move during their lifetime. The answer is that yes, banana trees can actually move up to half a meter during the course of their life. This is because with banana trees, there is actually two different shoots, one that is immediately used and another shoot that will be left to grow for around 6 months. The shoots actually grow across the ground, which results in them moving slightly.

What temperature is best to grow bananas?

This is a common question asked by people in typically colder countries like Canada or the United Kingdom. Can you grow bananas in this kind of climate? Well, the answer is that you can, but it’s not ideal and your bananas won’t turn out like the bananas in the store. You can grow bananas in temperature as low as 10°c, but this will slow their growth quite a lot. The best temperature for bananas is between 25 and 35°c.

Are banana trees trees?

Plants that grow bananas are commonly referred to as trees, but are they really “trees”? Well no, not really. Although we might refer to it as a banana tree, they technically are not trees, because there is no wood in the stem of this plant. So whilst they are commonly mistaken for banana trees, the more appropriate name for them is actually banana plants.

Are banana trees poisonous to my pets?

Many people worry about their dogs and cats accidentally eating part of their banana tree. The good news is that banana tree leaves are actually not toxic for dogs or cats, although if they eat too much then they might have a bad stomach. But in small amounts, it shouldn’t be a problem for your pet to eat any banana leaves or banana fruits.

Can you grow a banana tree from a banana?

Whilst it isn’t easy for you to grow a banana tree from a banana, it is definitely possible to do this, even with a store-bought banana – however many store-bought bananas have their seeds removed.

Conclusion

Hopefully you’ve learned something new about the banana tree, which we really should refer to as the banana plant! These amazing plants can grow as large as 15 meters in height, though many of them are much smaller than this. If you have the right weather in your country, it might be worth trying to grow your own banana plants!

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