One of the Tropical Dwarf Bananas that we grow, called Musa Cavendish ‘Super Dwarf’ is an amazingly fast grower, especially when taken outside during the warm days of summer. Its typical growing pattern is to send out “side pups” (new banana plants). These side pups are vital for the health and integrity of the main banana plant but only one pup is needed. The other side pups can be divided, re-potted and given away. My ‘Super Dwarf’ was in need of division. Although the mature specimen shows a single banana with fruit, we have found that growing ‘Super Dwarf’ with one side pup allows the plant to grow faster and fruit better.
Dwarf Banana (Musa Cavendish ‘Super Dwarf‘) with two side banana plants (side pups).
Byron Martin, owner and horticulturist of Logee’s Tropical Plants shows how to divide the ‘Super Dwarf’ Banana.
The original banana plant (left) with the new single banana plant (right). The new ‘Super Dwarf’ will be going to some friends of ours who have an outstanding French Bakery in Wellfleet, Mass called PB Boulangerie Bistro.
Quick Growing Instructions: During the active growing season give the banana full sun, lots of water and feed regularly (twice a week) with a balanced fertilizer (5-7-9). Minimum temperature is 40 degrees so these bananas for the northern gardeners are meant to be grown inside during the winter. For more detailed growing instructions go to our banana cultural care sheet or order our book: Growing Tasty Tropicals in Any Home, Any Where.