Banana Tree Sunlight & Watering


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.

Basic Requirements

  • 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 Leaves

  • 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.

Small 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.

Yellow Leaves

  • 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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