Hello from east Texas, Zone 8a
Hello, my name is Missy. We bought some dwarf banana trees from Lowes 3 or 4 years ago (Dwarf Cavendish, if I remember right). They've never produced bananas, but they do produce a lot of offsets. We had them in an unheated greenhouse each winter, but that didn't help fruit production. We did keep it heated enough to prevent freezing, but not to keep it even remotely warm. This winter, I transplanted a few of them into pots inside the house for the winter, and I'm really hoping that will help them fruit this year. Unfortunately, they don't get enough light inside the house. I joined this forum in the hopes of finding out which varieties of banana trees have the highest chance of producing fruit here, in Zone 8a, in east Texas, and what I can do to increase the likelihood of getting fruit! I will be away from the computer a lot today, but will be back later tonight. Wouldn't it be wonderful if a few of you could tell me which varieties to buy and what to do with them in the Winter, to make this all simple? It feels like a pipe-dream at this point. I even found a wonderful website about cold hardy banana trees. It had a ton of information, but most of it was only about ornamental varieties. It encouraged questions by email, so I emailed, asking which variety they recommend for my situation. The reply? Try davesgarden.com to see if you can find out there. I've had no luck with my Internet search, so am very excited to find this forum! I'll be anxious to look around here later tonight when I get back home.