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Default Minimum container size for dwarf variety, privacy purposes, not looking for fruit.

We have abysmally short fences surrounding our house in my neighborhood suburbia- maybe five feet. So you can easily see over the fence, to the neighbor 5 houses away!

Anyhow, to compound things, we built a deck on our sloping yard, so the deck has raised both ourselves and our view by that much more. We get along fine and dandy with our neighbors, but I'm sure that we all agree that a little privacy in the summer and fall would be nice.

While we are planting the larger models (ice cream and basjoo) in the ground along one side of the fence, we are planning on putting several pots of the dwarf variety on our deck.

We do not want large pots to take up too much space on our modest-sized deck. So with dwarf cavendish and orinoco, I'm looking at the minimum pot size I can work with in the Texas heat that'll give me about 5 ft or higher in height. I'm not growing these for fruiting purposes, just a little privacy.

And yes, I know a gallon container isn't gonna cut it!!!
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Default Re: Minimum container size for dwarf variety, privacy purposes, not looking for fruit

Banana plants only provide a variable screen, because within a few months or so after they flower the stalk dies. Then you cut it and let the "pups" from the original corm rise up. Further, the corm is going to keep expanding so you'll need to remove it before the pot breaks and cut off the pups and replant them. If approach is appealing to you then you might get away with a 10 gallon pot.

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We have abysmally short fences surrounding our house in my neighborhood suburbia- maybe five feet. So you can easily see over the fence, to the neighbor 5 houses away!

Anyhow, to compound things, we built a deck on our sloping yard, so the deck has raised both ourselves and our view by that much more. We get along fine and dandy with our neighbors, but I'm sure that we all agree that a little privacy in the summer and fall would be nice.

While we are planting the larger models (ice cream and basjoo) in the ground along one side of the fence, we are planning on putting several pots of the dwarf variety on our deck.

We do not want large pots to take up too much space on our modest-sized deck. So with dwarf cavendish and orinoco, I'm looking at the minimum pot size I can work with in the Texas heat that'll give me about 5 ft or higher in height. I'm not growing these for fruiting purposes, just a little privacy.

And yes, I know a gallon container isn't gonna cut it!!!
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Default Re: Minimum container size for dwarf variety, privacy purposes, not looking for fruit

Smaller the pot,the more the watering!
Remember banana roots like to spread out and not go deep!
I put mine in 55 gallon barrels cut in half!
Works great!
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We have abysmally short fences surrounding our house in my neighborhood suburbia- maybe five feet. So you can easily see over the fence, to the neighbor 5 houses away!

Anyhow, to compound things, we built a deck on our sloping yard, so the deck has raised both ourselves and our view by that much more. We get along fine and dandy with our neighbors, but I'm sure that we all agree that a little privacy in the summer and fall would be nice.

While we are planting the larger models (ice cream and basjoo) in the ground along one side of the fence, we are planning on putting several pots of the dwarf variety on our deck.

We do not want large pots to take up too much space on our modest-sized deck. So with dwarf cavendish and orinoco, I'm looking at the minimum pot size I can work with in the Texas heat that'll give me about 5 ft or higher in height. I'm not growing these for fruiting purposes, just a little privacy.

And yes, I know a gallon container isn't gonna cut it!!!
If you are determined to keep them in pots, the Dwaf Cav will require at least a 25 gallon pot. Since you want privacy, you'll have to let the pups grow to full maturity while the parent does too. Eventually, you'll be able to cut the mat in half and start a new pot.

Some of the ornamental bananas, if ferted and irrigated often, will get to 5 or more feet in height and can be kept in a large pot indefinitely as their lateral roots don't need to move out. They can wind around inside the pot and be perfectly happy.

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If you are determined to keep them in pots, the Dwaf Cav will require at least a 25 gallon pot. Since you want privacy, you'll have to let the pups grow to full maturity while the parent does too. Eventually, you'll be able to cut the mat in half and start a new pot.

Some of the ornamental bananas, if ferted and irrigated often, will get to 5 or more feet in height and can be kept in a large pot indefinitely as their lateral roots don't need to move out. They can wind around inside the pot and be perfectly happy.

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Hi,thanks for the info! Do you have recommendations for the ornamental bananas!!I'd like to start researching them as options!
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Hi,thanks for the info! Do you have recommendations for the ornamental bananas!!I'd like to start researching them as options!
This site may give you some ideas. There are many ornamental bananas but I think that you may find what you're looking for here:

PlantFiles: Detailed information on Flowering Banana, Ornamental Banana, Bronze Banana Musa ornata
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I have 4 all in 24" pots. I wouldn't recommend going any smaller as they filled it up in the first year.
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