Bananas love as much water as you can give them.
When I was younger, I remember seeing bananas growing right at the end of a canal in South Florida, the water reaching a foot above their root ball during high tide, then receding again during low tide.
They were flooded half the day, every day. Probably longer than that during times of heavy rainfall – yet they were happy, healthy and bore heavily.
That is, until one of the neighbors decided to “clean up” the canal by ripping out the entire clump.
I took a picture of a banana right on a canal in Eustis just this last month.
There was a larger clump as well but I couldn’t get a good picture.
Bananas. Love. Water.
Water is the top limiting factor for bananas. After water, they love nitrogen.
Give them a wet spot with tons of fertility and they’ll go crazy. Plant bananas in the middle of a dry sandy yard and you’ll be lucky if they live.
I cover creating a banana circle as one part Compost Everything: The Movie that’s soon to be released during the Home Grown Food Summit (GO SIGN UP HERE RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW!!!) in just a couple of weeks. The combination of high fertility and lots of water makes them go nuts… or should I say, bananas.
I was at a friend’s house recently and had to film this particular patch of bananas growing in a year-round swamp.
Check it out:
For more on growing bananas, check out my plant profile on them here.