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)
On Jun 17, 2010, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:
I bought this interesting banana plant from a nursery 12 years ago and planted it in my ginger "garden" near a natural spring in my lower backyard. The banana did great & has spread. I now have about 4 - 5 clumps that come back year after year. They fruit in mid-late summer, producing small, pink bananas. The fruit is sweet, but quite full of seeds. Adds a wonderful tropical touch. Easy to grow but likes moist areas. Freeze back in the winter during hard-freezes but will come right back when the weather warms up. Will grow in part to filtered sunlight. My plants get mid-afternoon sun, the rest of the day they get filtered sunlight.
On Sep 8, 2007, Elphaba from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I started growing this banana from seed 18 months ago and it is now blooming. I had 12 seeds; 5 germinated; the dogs killed one, and the other four are big and gorgeous. I am pretty horrible at growing things from seed, so this plant is obviously easy to grow. This has also been a really wet summer (42" in last 3 1/2 mo.) so that undoubtedly helped.
On May 22, 2007, branded from Nacogdoches, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
These things grow very well in East Texas, however, they do require large amounts of water in the summer heat. I'm in region 8a, and the plants regrow each year from the root stock. I try to cut them before the first frost. They make attractive flowers, and I get small bananas each year, about 3-4" long. They aren't edible at that stage.
I live in the country, so I separated my gray water (showers, sinks, washer) and these guys absolutely thrive with the large amount of daily watering they receive. They turn dark green, adding to the sub tropical look that I love!
Thrive like crazy around water, but will not spread to dry areas at all.
On Aug 30, 2003, jrozier from Charleston, SC wrote:
This is my favorite plant. It blooms nicely, the fruit is ornamental, and growing from seed is easy. It returns and blooms even after hard freezes.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Montgomery, Alabama Sherwood, Arkansas Fresno, California Asbury Lake, Florida Boca Del Mar, Florida Gainesville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Paradise Heights, Florida South Venice, Florida Yulee, Florida Richmond Hill, Georgia Pukalani, Hawaii Clemmons, North Carolina Holly Springs, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports) Vieques, Puerto Rico Centerville, South Carolina Clemson, South Carolina Saint Helena Island, South Carolina Socastee, South Carolina Ames, Texas Cedar Park, Texas Galveston, Texas Houston, Texas Killeen, Texas Missouri City, Texas Nacogdoches, Texas Rowlett, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas