Banana trees make highly decorative landscape plants with their oversized, palm-like leaves and twisting, spiral trunks. In ideal conditions, they will produce huge clumps of green, waxy fruit. They do, however, have particular preferences regarding sunlight and watering.
Banana trees need adequate watering, warm temperatures and lots of bright sunlight. Most varieties require at least 12 hours of bright sunlight each day.
Folding of the leaves, or a pale green or yellow leaf color is a sign that the tree isn’t getting enough water. Lack of adequate water may result in a lower yield in the number and size of fruit.
Shade will delay plant and fruit growth. If the tree has small or stunted fruit, it is most likely suffering from a lack of sunlight. Place plants in full sun to maintain health.
In periods of high humidity and too much rain, banana trees can develop a fungus on the leaves. Treatment with a fungicide is usually indicated.
Banana trees are extremely susceptible to damage caused by flooding and stagnant water. Yellow leaves are a symptom of over-watering. Avoid planting trees in low-lying areas.
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