This is Benji. Just your regular banana palm tree who has arrived in Riga. It's a bit strange here. People love potatoes more than bananas, but they have good hearts. Benji loves culture, art, architecture, spending time with local pigeons and pretending he's in a Disney movie, and having the occasional beer. Benji is a millennial. But now he's looking for a new home!
Banana trees are one of the common trees that come to mind when dreaming of the tropics, but did you know that it is not really a tree? It is actually the world's largest herb. On banana plantations in the tropic the plants must be pruned to the ground after fruiting. The trunk is composed of the main fruiting stem enrobed by leaves. Still, due to its size, it is commonly thought of as a tree.
Light: most types of bananas plants prefer full sun. Some variegated varieties can scorch easily and will do better in partial shade.
Water: since banana trees are tropical and originate in rain forests, they need a lot of water and plenty of moisture in the air. They do best when planted in groups rather than as single specimens. Planting close together helps retain moisture in the leaves. Provide 1 or 2 inches of water weekly and check frequently to make certain the soil stays evenly moist. Avoid over-watering which can cause root rot. The soil should be moist but not soggy at all times, if possible.
Soil: bananas thrive in warm, humid conditions, but protect plants against temperature extremes as much as possible. Even very hardy, cold tolerant banana plants like consistent temperatures ranging between 75 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
When temperatures drop, growth slows down, and very cold temperatures cause plants to die back. To guard against temperature extremes, plant in sheltered locations. Provide more protection by bringing your plants indoors or winterize your plant when cold weather hits