Planting Banana Plants

Successfully establishing a young banana plant starts with your planting site and method. Once established, it needs little assistance to grow and bear fruit; but you’ll want to make sure you give your plant the right foundation.

Before you plant, check your soil pH. Contact your local County Extension Office for information about soil testing in your area, or purchase one of our digital meters for quick and accurate results. Banana plants need a pH level of 5.5 to 6.5. They grow in wide variety of soils, as long as the soil is deep and has good drainage. They do not tolerate salty soils. Steer clear of extremely heavy or poorly drained soil.

NOTE: This is part 4 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow banana plants, we recommend starting from the beginning.