But mine seemed perfectly happy in its rich soil, amended with lots of compost and some rotted manure.
I returned to the garden centre at the end of the growing season, and those “water plants” were showing a lot of stress. They had not grown at all, and looked very sad with the cold nights that had started, unlike my juvenile DC.
Growing up in subtropical Zululand in South Africa, bananas just casually grew! Seeing bunches of bananas was a common, everyday sight.
Here, in this very mild region of Canada, bananas also grow well, but those are strictly ornamental types. They seem to somehow come through the winter without any help. Some of them are magnificent tall plants, often with rich red tinged coloring. Sometimes they do produce small bananas, but they are small, and not tasty at all. Their virtue lies in the luxurious, eye catching tropical leaves they show off.
My little banana is of the variety ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ Cavendish bananas from the regular full-height plants are the ones you usually see in your supermarket.
As young plants go though, you can always identify the Dwarf Cavendish by the red splotches on its leaves. They are its signature, and I recognized it right away on this plant. So I knew I could definitely hope to have a crop of bananas one day in the future - who knows when?
Next Week - An Update - One Year Later!