Category: Edible Fruits and Nuts Groundcovers Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Magenta (Pink-Purple) Blue-Violet Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Smooth-Textured
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
On Oct 7, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:
This variety does not produce consistent fruit. As you might have noticed, not many mentions of picking ripe tasty bananas!...mine rotted on the plant after waiting two years for my 6" potted H.D. special to grow into a 3 foot clump. In a greenhouse.
And outdoors, it is cold sensitive...leaves blacken in cool frost free winters. Doesn't look very tropical then-ha.
I Winter-Over my Super Dwarf Banana under fluorescent plant lights in the house. I have found that it takes a few weeks to harden off the plant when it goes back outdoors for the Summer, but it does acclimate after a while. I do get some burnt leaves and the plant doesn't look it's best for a while, but it eventually takes off. I do find that after the plant has adjusted to more sunlight, that I can eventually put it into full sun for several hours a day and it does just great. After it gets fully adjusted to the Summer sun and gets new growth, I just remove the old leaves that look bad. I suspect that the previous author may have just put the plant directly into the full sun without hardening it off.
I've read that this plant needs a lot of full sun to produce bananas, so this year I'm trying to keep it in full sun several hours a day. BTW, in my area we get intense sun and temps in the mid to upper 90's are common. In the past I've used Osmicote and regular Miracle Gro, but this year my Banana is doing great with the new time-released Miracle Gro "Shake and Feed."
On May 22, 2005, wilycoyote1 from Sun City West, AZ wrote:
First of all, please allow me to say I do not have a "green thumb." When I first saw the dwarf banana plant, I thought it was a pretty plant, but I suspected it was only going to survive inside the house here in the Arizona summer. Today is Sunday, May 22, 2005. On this past Wednesday evening, my wife put the banana plant on our back patio. Last evening, after being in a shadowy area, but exposed to 100 degree weather, I noticed the plant was in serious trouble. The leaves were starting to seriously wither and blacken on the edges, so I immediately brought the plant inside. I mixed a concoction of "good-old" Superthrive, two drops in a half-gallon container, and added a small, less than teaspoon, amount of Miracle grow, mixed it well, and gave the plant three feedings, spaced about 1 1/2 hour apart. I removed one leaf that was almost totally black.
My wife put the plant on a table in our breakfast nook, and it appears to be coming back!!! CAUTION: I STRONGLY URGE ANYONE ELSE IN THE PHOENIX AREA TO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PUT THIS BEAUTIFUL PLANT OUTDOORS. ALTHOUGH THE LABEL, WITH A YELLOW PICTURE AND SHAPE OF A BANANA, WITH THE WORDS "Super Dwarf Banana," SAYS ".....for practical in home or patio enjoyment," MY RECOMMENDATION IS IN HOUSE ONLY!!!
LIKE I SAID, I DO NOT HAVE A GREEN THUMB, BUT I AM NOT AN INTENTIONAL PLANT KILLER!!!! GOOD LUCK!
On Jun 13, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This is a GREAT little banana plant! Stays short and compact so is easy to move indoors in winter. The biggest one I have is no more than three feet tall overall and about that wide.
Some other names for the Super Dwarf Cavendish are Novak, Kovac, Dwarf Nathan and Dwarf Parfitt. There is also a varigated form (white and green), one with quite a bit more red called 'High Color Mini' and a still smaller form called 'Little Prince'.
I bought four labeled 'Novak' last year and overwintered them in my greenhouse in three gallon pots. Sadly, the greenhouse froze a couple times (dipped just under 32 degrees) and three of them froze back. I simply kept the corms in their pots, kept them warm and cut back on the water a bit ~ within a couple months they pupped like crazy despite the cool temps in the greenhouse (around 40 at night and 50+ in the daytime) and short day lengths.
Once outside temps warmed up into the 50s at night consistently, beginning of spring, I transplanted them into half whiskey barrels and put them outside in the full, all-day sun. I used half composted cow manure and half regular potting soil (bananas are heavy feeders). I've fertilized every couple weeks with fish emulsion and liquid seaweed and they've gone crazy.
About two weeks ago, I divided all the pups off the three that froze back, leaving the one that didn't freeze alone, with all it's pups intact, just in case the others didn't make it. I ended up with nine plants that have already produced eight more pups! That's ***in addition*** to the one plant I left alone with it's four pups. So that's twenty two plants from four I started with early last fall, three of which froze back! Amazing.
I understand that the best configuration for getting fruit is three plants/pups total to a "mat" ~ one mature plant to fruit this year, one 1-yr. old that will fruit next year and a new pup that will fruit the year after that. I'll be removing atleast two of the four pups from the one plant that didn't freeze soon. I'm hoping if I take good care of that one, it'll flower and fruit this year. I may have to wait for next year, though.
On Nov 8, 2003, Michaelp from Orange Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This one is great-grows well indoors and outside-can produce fruit indoors and out too-beautiful ground cover-or standing alone--this is one of the best for inside or people without a lot of room-the fruit are real tasty-Florida-32182
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Lillian, Alabama Oro Valley, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Sun City West, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Davis, California Fresno, California Campion, Colorado Glencoe, Florida Juno Beach, Florida Lake Alfred, Florida Navarre, Florida North De Land, Florida Maurepas, Louisiana Enterprise, Nevada Emerald Isle, North Carolina Fruit Hill, Ohio Williamsburg, Ohio Briarcliff, Texas El Campo, Texas San Antonio, Texas Warrenton, Virginia