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Cavendish Banana Tree

Cavendish Banana Tree

Cavendish Banana Tree

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Finally a banana tree you can grow… even in the cold! The Dwarf Cavendish Banana provides a tropical setting for your pool, patio, or courtyard. You will enjoy watching the fruit develop, not to mention the taste!

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Cavendish Banana Tree

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The Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree brings bananas within reach of any home gardener… no matter where you live!

In cold areas, they can easily be grown in containers and moved indoors during the winter. Makes a great looking tropical house plant.

The problem with other varieties that grow 20 ft. tall is you couldn't bring them indoors to ripen fruit. The Cavendish is dwarf-sized, only maturing to 8-10 ft. tall... so you can easily bring it in your kitchen or sunroom and start growing delicious bananas!

Although the tree is a dwarf variety, you still get plenty of regular-sized fruit.

If the fruit is not reason enough to grow the Dwarf Cavendish, the huge leaves and pretty flowers are beautiful to look at. The leaves grow up to 4 feet long, are extremely lush, and provide you with shade and privacy. Young leaves may tinge with red, but the majority of the leaves are a fresh green color. The beautiful flower is football shaped and can be quite large. With pollination, the flowers drop and the bananas form. For the fruit to mature and ripen, a frost free environment is needed.

The Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree quickly reaches a mature height of 8-10 feet. It is perfect for adding a tropical look to your pool, patio, or courtyard.

These trees are a real showpiece, especially when they display their ripening fruit.

It can even be grown organically right in your own backyard!

Bananas are one of nature’s most complete fruits, and having a fresh supply will certainly be good for your health and beneficial to your friends and family!

The Dwarf Cavendish is our best-selling banana tree, so be sure to order yours now before they’re all gone!

Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors

Mature Height: 8-10 ft.
Mature Width: 6-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Very Good
Botanical Name: Musa acuminata
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
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It's Easy to Plant your Cavendish Banana Tree

Specific Directions for Cavendish Banana Tree

Your Cavendish Banana Tree will thrive in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Although the Cavendish Banana Tree can tolerate shade, it prefers full sunlight. Be sure to place your tree in an area that doesn't receive high winds. If planted indoors place it by a large sunny window.

Cavendish Banana Trees prefer loamy soils, but will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay, as long as it's well draining. Keep your soil damp, but not over saturated. Apply an organic fertilizer to your Cavendish Banana Tree once a month.

When a large purple flower emerges you'll see bananas after two months. Each banana will have a flower on the end, once the flower falls off it's time to harvest them. Your Bananas will quickly ripen after being picked.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Cavendish Banana Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Cavendish Banana Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Cavendish Banana Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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I received this tree over the Thanksgiving holdiay, so the shipping periiod was longer tha normal. I think that the extended time in cold weather damaged the plant because when it arrived, all of the leaves were black. Pam's told me to give it some time to recover, but it never did.Waas very excited about this tree, but did not live up to the description and have't received a refund for it
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
I ordered 8 fruit trees within the last month and all of my trees came in beautiful with the exception of my Cavendish Banana tree, however, i called immediately and sent a picture of the tree and the customer service was excellent and they have already shipped me a replacement tree! I highly recommend this company. They have been MOST helpful! My other trees look great and have new growth all over them!
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December 31, 2012
I planted this Banana Tree on a pot. I got a 'baby' already (which I gave to my mother so now she has her own banana tree) and its growing two more on each side. I have it indoors and it's doing great and it looks great too.
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
Recently purchased and received my Cavendish banana tree. It arrived in good shape. Put it in a bigger pot and it is thanking me with numerous leaves. It thrives in the eastern window and is soaking up the sun. My 2 hermit crabs love to climb up the pot and nestle next to the tree's stalk. Bet they are hoping the bananas arrive soon. ME TOO. Every tree I purchased from FGT has been a delight to own and take care of. They are wonderful people with a A+ attitude.I recommend them to all my family and friends.
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December 31, 2012
4 months ago
Super Nice Plant!
We love Bananas so purchasing this was a no brainer. It arrived in a slightly damaged box, during shipping no doubt, and the dirt/mulch in the planter was dumped out in the bag surrounding the plant/planter, and the pot was badly damaged.
I re-potted in a larger pot as I don't know where I want to put this yet. The new pot is a gallon planter.
The plant suffered from shipping as it has been a minimum of 100 degrees every day so far, 103 to 107 in the past 2 weeks alone, so it was hotter inside the box.
Once re-planted and watered, it looks to be doing good. It is about 2 foot tall, with many long leaves. I am watering it every day , but not over watering it. It sits on my porch during the day where it gets great morning sun and by noon the sun is straight up. About 1 in the afternoon it starts to get too hot so I move it under the roofed part of the patio so it's not in the direct sun in the hottest part of the day. Before I got to bed, I check on it and move it back out on the porch for the morning sun.
It's still new, only having it a week, so obviously I don't have any fruit yet, but so far it looks good!
Shipping was fast, communication from FGT is excellent. I've received some really nice healthy plants from them so far, and will continue to purchase from them.
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August 21, 2014
2 months ago
I bought this tree last year. The original tree I was sent has died over the winter but I have to babies that came off it and they are doing okay. Only about 2 foot high and no sign of fruit. Was not totally impressed with this tree cause I expected to have a big tree by now that was producing fruit. Will wait it out another year and see what happens.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
Wishful thinker
Received the plant fairly quickly but when I opened the box most of the leaves had white spots on them and not to mention some random dead spots as well. I'm hoping all goes well and it'll produce for many years but right now I'm not too excited
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August 30, 2014
I ordered this 2 years ago for my father in Florida...and still no fruit. Very disappointing.
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
This tree has been awesome! We planted it this summer in a container and it has been super easy to take care of... It has grown to a height of almost 4' in just a few months and we are looking forward to the bananas soon!
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
Plant doing well. Arrived healthy and have not had any problems. Has 4 babies this year. bought about 1 year ago.No fruit yet but has grown much larger.
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
I received the plant on time in an excellent condition. I planted it in a pot and it is very healthy and having a good growth. I am extremely happy with the overall quality of the plant and service i received when i called for help. I highly recommend Fat-Growing trees
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
Bought a couple of banana trees couple of years ago cold got th when my wife forgot to bring them insideem last year but plan on getting some more when my tour of duty is up in army
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December 31, 2012
My Monkey loves this tree! He climbs up every mornig and brings them into the house.Onlyproblem is he just leaves the peals all over the bathroom.
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December 31, 2012
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Will this only fruit one time?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: The Cavendish Banana Tree will flower and produce fruit many times during its life time.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
Re: Best Answer... Does this mean that a new plant must be grown for each banana 'crop'? Also, will it bear fruit if kept inside?
A shopper on Jun 7, 2014
Best Answer: The Cavendish Banana Tree produces many yields of fruit for years. You do not need to plant a new Banana tree every time. If properly cared for the Cavendish Banana Tree can produce fruit indoors.
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What does the patio planting kit consist of? What size planer can the Cavandish be grown in?
Janet on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I bought just the tree not the kit...however pot size I planted mine in was huge! The top diameter of my pot is 20-24" across. Had to put the pot on wheels to move it. The leaves are huge...mine measured at least 3-4' in length. Last year I was forced to leave it outside because it was so large. They get 8-10' from dirt level in height. Beautiful plant...but do research on the plant. For example if you want it to need to remove the babies...and plant them in another pot. They only fruit the babies are your future bananas!
Reply · Report · Michelle S on May 31, 2014
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do I need to purchase 2 tree to produce fruit?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2014
Best Answer: I only bought one but new shoots (plants) have come up out of the dirt that I have separated and re-potted so I now have 5 of these plants around the house from that one. But I have never received any fruit.
Reply · Report · shayn B on Jun 22, 2014
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How tall is the two gallon plant?
A shopper on Jul 2, 2014
Best Answer: When it arrived it was about 8-10". Since then it has diubled in heigth and width. (4 months)
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How much heat can the Cavendish Banana tolerate?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: Cavendish Banana Trees can withstand very hot temperatures, even the heat in zone 11!
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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How cold will the dwarf banana will stand?
A shopper on Oct 1, 2014
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what is the sales tax on your area ?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2014
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When is the best time to plant the Cavendish banana tree?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2014
Best Answer: I live in NJ and I have a greenhouse. I planted the banana tree in a pot last Fall and kept it in my greenhouse with a 55 degree temp. I pulled it out this Spring and it grew to about 6ft. The plant has 4 ft. leaves and it is too big to put in my greenhouse. I brought it inside the house and put in near a window. Hopefully it will survive the winter since it takes a couple years before you get bananas.
Reply · Report · Jim D on Oct 19, 2014
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How big is the plant that is shipped for the 3 gal size ?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: The 3 gallon size is around a foot tall.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 17, 2014
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will you ship this as a gift?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. We do ship items as gifts and will even include gift messages. If you have trouble entering the gift information online call 888-504-2001 and a representative will walk you through the ordering process to make sure that your gift instructions are properly taken care of.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
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what is the temperature range it should be in?it will be in a place that gets a bit chilly in the 60's-high 50's where i live
A shopper on Oct 5, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Tennessee. Eastern side. I left mine out in 45 degree weather. They will die off if you plant them then grow back in the spring even after hard freezes and snows. BUT if the freeze like that no bananas.
I plant containers so I can bring in
Reply · Report · Laura B on Oct 5, 2014
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Are the bananas edible?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. They grow bananas much like the ones you find at your local grocery store only slightly sweeter.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 7, 2014
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Are these pups or tissue cultures ?
Tammy on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: A tissue culture is just that a plant made from the tissue of the mother plant. They do not work in my area we are too moist for them. But a pup side shoot off the mother works great as I have 4 pups doing awesome. I just don't have this one and prefer the pups to the science made bananas that don't work here awe are too moist . Many of my friends love these in dryer climates .
Reply · Report · Tammy on Jul 19, 2014
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I bought my Dwarf Cavendish at my local hardware/household store. It was very healthy showing robust growth in a 10 in. pot. I brought it home and put it on my patio in full sun and within about 10 minutes the sun had started to scorch the leaves! I was intending to keep my plant on the patio but I quickly brought the plant inside when I saw how the full sun affected the leaves! I thought these plants liked full sun?
Marc L on Sep 1, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Central Texas and bought my Cavendish a month ago. I re-potted it immediately and put it on my back in the sun. The leaves started turning black so I had to pull it out of the sun. I didn't think it would burn, but it has been very hot here, between 101 and 107 every day for the past 3-4 weeks. My husband used to run a garden department and told me to put it in the shade where it would get morning sun only, as the afternoon sun it too hot for these tropical plants. As soon as I put it in the shade, it has sprouted 5 more trees around the original one. I purchased fertilizer tablets from FGT when I bought it, and waited 4 weeks to put it in with the tree. Now my Banana tree is a foot taller and I'll have to re-pot in a larger pot to accommodate so many of them! The leaves look beautiful, it is doing really well where I've put it, so I'm very happy. Also, if you've got your Banana sitting on a cement type floor, the sun heats it up fast and dries out your dirt, so you'd have to water it more then usual. I have mine on a bench my husband made and I do have to water it 2 times a day right now. When it gets cooler I don't expect to have to water so much. I hope this helps!
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when will I get fruit?
A shopper on Sep 13, 2014
Best Answer: Good question. I haven't seen any Bannanas yet.
Reply · Report · Thomas D on Sep 13, 2014
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when is the best time to harvest?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
Best Answer: Harvest your fruit once your bananas reach full size. Look for the flowers on the end, once your flowers fall off it's time to harvest.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 11, 2014
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Why can't some items be shipped to Arizona?
Carol T on Jul 31, 2014
Best Answer: Arizona has agricultural laws put in place that prevent us from legally shipping a few plants there.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 1, 2014
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is it true that this tree will only produce fruit only once? is the fruit edible? how often can I expect to get a harvest of fruit each yr?
NoorSani on Jul 30, 2014
Best Answer: No fruit yet. It spent winter inside in NC and did not do well
Is now in Fl and is thriving in pot. I will be planting it on ground this week.
Reply · Report · trista o on Jul 30, 2014
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My Dwarf Cavendish has produced an off shoot. How do I go about seperating it from the original plant without damaging either plant?
Marc L on Oct 22, 2014
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If I order some of these, are they self pollinating? How long before they produce bananas?
A shopper on Oct 19, 2014
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How often do you water the plant? I bought one plant in spring, was doing well but somehow the leaves rapidily started getting brown and finally died completely. Perhaphs I give them too much water since tracy California weather is really hot. I am ordering for the second time and i will like to keep the plant alive. please hlep, Thanks
A shopper on Oct 17, 2014
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Can I come pick up 4 leaves (4 ft. long) from a banana tree for a religious ceremony?
What is the cost? Where will I meet you before this Sunday October 19?
Arvind M on Oct 16, 2014
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do you have 3 gallon dwarf Cavendish Banana Trees?
A shopper on Oct 3, 2014
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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.