I am collecting banana and plantain varieties and planting them all over the homestead. They’re by the shower, in the new greywater system, around the house and by the garden beds.
Some are tall cavendish types, others are quite short. I also have a variety that bears really low to the ground on short trunks. Not sure what that is – I dug it up from a friend’s garden.
I have Orinico, too, which is the type I used to grow at my old place in North Florida. It’s not the most productive, but it’s a trooper and it’s a good cooking banana.
If you have bananas in the tropics, you always have food. You can eat them ripe or cook them green.
It’s a blessing to have a climate that supports banana trees. This is the dry season right now, which is not ideal for planting, but I can’t wait. I’m just planting and hitting them with the hose. In a few months, the rains will return and we’ll have massive growth. Stay tuned – you’ll see. It will be amazing.