|Banana plants grow wild (like in DR) but are also cultivated in the home garden.|
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
No such thing as a Banana tree
It may not seem very important to most, but I dislike it when people say Banana tree. Bananas don't grow on trees. They grow on plants. I know what you'll say. "Look at the size of them! That's a tree!" Alas, no, they are not. A tree is not determined by the size. It is not just a large plant. A tree has a distinct characteristic that makes it a tree. This is bark. Bark is a rough, hard covering which any person familiar with bananas can tell you, will never be found on a banana plant. Therefore, bananas grow on plants.
Banana plants can grow as high as thirty feet tall. They have huge leaves reaching six feet long and up to three feet wide. What is little known about the banana plant is that once they produce a bunch of bananas they usually die. Oh, no! Worry not. Most times the banana plant will send out off-shoots. These grow from the roots to grow another plant and continue on. Just remember that when you buy those tiny ornamental banana plants and actually manage to get a few bananas from it. If it dies, don't despair! The root may very well still be alive and can, with proper care produce another baby banana plant. Cool, huh?