Banana Fun Facts

Banana plants: Infinite simplicity, abundant rewards

Easy to plant, easy to peel, easy to digest; planting and growing bananas is as easy as eating them!

Banana plants grow incredibly fast

Bananas are the fastest growing fruit tree you'll find, but that's mostly because they're not actually a tree but technically a grass. It may be hard to believe by their appearance that banana plants are in the grass family. However, the extraordinary rate in which they grow and multiply is definitely reflective of this fact.

Banana plants grow very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that their growth progress can be significantly observed in a matter of hours. I've left banana plants in the morning and come back in the afternoon to see brand new leaves shooting out of the stem!

Banana plants provide privacy

The ability and ease of the banana plant to multiply makes it an ideal plant for both food production and landscape. If you need quick privacy, you can simply plant a few bananas and before long you'll have a broad and lush patch, creating a beautiful bright green wall of flora. Then, as a giant bonus, each plant will provide an abundance of sweet, delicious, and nutritious organic food.

Easy to plant and replant

Planting a banana plant is incredibly easy. With fruit trees you must deal with a fairly large root system that makes it very difficult to transplant any trees larger than 3 feet. However, since bananas are not really fruit trees, they have a relatively shallow root structure that allows for plants up to 7 inches high to be dug up and replanted with a few well-placed shovel strikes and minimal labor.

Banana plants aren't fussy about soil

Many fruits can be quite finicky about their planting soil. The constitution and condition of the soil must be fine tailored and, even then, it takes a bit for the roots to become accustomed to the new soil enough to grow and begin to fruit. Bananas, on the other hand, while heavy feeders (requiring large amounts of fertilizer), are quite easy to please. 

They're so tolerant to nitrogen that they can be planted in fresh composted manure. Sometimes, in ideal conditions, they can even be planted straight into manure. However, Brent finds great success in creating a planting medium that's a mix of compost and native soil with a heavy addition of horse or chicken manure.

Banana plants feed themselves

As the plants grow, they can be direct fed nitrogen-rich plant material or manure, however the best food for a banana patch is provided by the bananas themselves. As the plants grow and produce fruit, each plant sends out several offspring from its rhizome (root structure). Then, when the mother plant's fruit is harvested, its own life cycle has come to an end while its children plants begin to produce their fruit.

Now, as a last act of devotion, the mother plant falls in place where it stood to decompose and feed its growing children. This beautiful cycle is what keeps your plants healthy, productive, and exponentially multiplying with very little effort.

Banana plants can act as sponges

Bananas love water and, while they require a good bit of it for prolific production, they can't have too much. By planting bananas in a depression or area prone to flooding, you won't only have healthy plants but they'll also act as a sponge to keep that area from becoming too swampy or soggy. Banana plants tend to produce and grow more in the hot rainy summer anyway where there's generally more than enough water to go around.

Bananas are so much fun to plant and observe. Their unique and simple life process can teach us a great deal about nature and abundance. Yet, the simple genius of bananas goes well beyond growth and harvest.

Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse

Bananas are a delicious treat, but many are unaware of their nutritional value. In fact, many people have been misconditioned to believe that because they're so sweet and delicious they can't be THAT good for us, and perhaps are better considered as a treat. The fact is that our taste is our primary natural indicator of healthy foods and the total package that bananas offer make them a viable and valuable staple in any healthy diet.

Bananas are loaded with readily available vitamins, ideally balanced amino acids, and yes, even a proper ratio of omega fatty acids. Furthermore, they're incredibly easy to digest, requiring very little excess energy from our body. This means that for the rich nourishment they provide, they use very little in the way of enzymes, digestive acids, etc. In other words, you're getting a great deal for spending very little.

Bananas digest super quickly

Many foods that are supposedly very high in nutrients keep those nutrients locked up tight and require a great deal of energy from our body to process and use those nutrients. By the time we go through that complex digestive process we've spent more than we're given. Some complex proteins and high fat 'omega rich' foods can take up to 20 hours to fully digest, requiring several different digestive enzymes and gastric secretions. 

For the same level of nourishment, bananas digest fully in 15 to 25 minutes, and require nothing from the stomach while they make their way directly to the small intestine for immediate absorption and assimilation. Their simplicity, once again, continues to bring more abundance to all levels of our being!

Reap your banana rewards!

Anyone who has the proper climatic conditions to cultivate bananas would be silly not to take advantage of their simple brilliance! On all levels and at all stages of growth, production, harvest, and use it could be said that with very little effort or resources you'll reap an extraordinary abundance in return.

If you'd like more information about banana plants, or want Brent to plant some of these incredible trees (or rather grasses) for you, get in touch to book a consultation.  

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