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Dwarf Cavendish Banana

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Also called ladyfinger banana

Lush leaves and sweet fruit! This distinctive tree features large, smooth tropical foliage and produces bunches of flavorful, slightly thick-peeled bananas that are 3-6 inches long. Plants will lose purple splotching in the leaves with maturity. Heat-tolerant. Harvest approx. 4-6 months after fruit develops. Self-pollinating. Musa Dwarf Cavendish

  • If you live in a cooler climate, plant these warm-weather plants in containers so that you can move them indoors before freezing temperatures arrive.
  • Tree matures around 8-10 feet tall but can be kept smaller in containers.
  • Banana plants ship after April 1st in spring. This plant does not ship when cold weather threatens, so you may receive it separately from the rest of your order.


Bloom Color Red, Yellow
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Good, Sweet
Texture Soft, Smooth
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 9 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 9 - 10
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 4 - 5' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 4 - 5' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow banana plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
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I love the aesthetic of the leaves. The fact that the tree yields fruit is a bonus.
Andrea B on Sep 4, 2017
My family likes bananas but we are zone 7b. This is a great compromise for our home gardening.
ROBERT H on Feb 9, 2017
I love the aesthetic of the leaves. The fact that the tree yields fruit is a bonus.
Andrea B on Sep 4, 2017
love the "greenery" in the home during the winter
BRUCE H on Apr 6, 2017
My family likes bananas but we are zone 7b. This is a great compromise for our home gardening.
ROBERT H on Feb 9, 2017
Can be grown in a container, enjoy bananas taste and look of plants also the ability to move inside during frost.
James M on Apr 13, 2016
Shade for patio.
Jason S on Apr 9, 2016
We eat a lot of bananas, and wanted to try my gardening skills on bananas.
Rhonda B on Apr 7, 2016
love the "greenery" in the home during the winter
BRUCE H on Apr 6, 2017
Can be grown in a container, enjoy bananas taste and look of plants also the ability to move inside during frost.
James M on Apr 13, 2016
What is the size and age of the dwarf banana plant at shipping?
Joe B on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! The Dwarf Banana Plant will be 6-12 months old and has a shipping expectation of 4" tall.
Can this banana plant grow in the house?
Karen L on Sep 27, 2016
if left in the pot, how tall does the dwarf banana plant grow?
Larry P on Apr 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have transplanted into a larger pot as the plant grows, it is about 3 1/2 foot tsall at this point but I expect it to get double that size or close? We have only had it less than 2 years. No blossoms as of this date we just look forward to watching and finding out what is to come. It is a beautiful plant!
I am interested in purchasing a dwarf cavandish banana tree for my son's birthday. He has a beautiful full glass conservatory where it should do well. How tall is this plant? Does it require special soil/fertilizers?

Thank you-Lisa
Lisa P on Apr 4, 2018
Mine is now 2 years old and fits nicely in an 18" pot. There are two main stalks and a third new pup. It's about 45" tall from the top of the soil. It goes outside in the summer and has yet to bear fruit. I haven't fertilized it much but I may in order to get fruit. I hope this helps.
I just got my plant a few days ago and the leaves are for some reason always wet. Not sticky just feels like water. Is this normal?
David C on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have had mine for about a year now and I think it's a good sign that it has been given sufficient water. Yes I think it is normal as mine always has water on its leaves
what grow light would you recommend for this tree if it is indoors for winter?
Eric c on Oct 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Last winter I used an LED grow light for about six different tropical plants (300w I believe). The light utilized both grow and bloom spectrums. It did the job. The wattage of the light would depend on how much area you needed cover (Google can tell you specifics). I'd recommend a small "puck" LED grow light if it's just for 1-2 trees. Use a timer to keep at least 8 hours of light on it per day.
I have a greenhouse - can I plant a dwarf Cavendish banana plant in a pot inside the greenhouse?
Renee y on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have my banana plant in a pot in a south facing window and it is doing really well. I would think that a greenhouse environment would be even better. Good luck!
our banana tree has sprouted a second plant. should they be separated?
Alice F on Apr 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Separate in the spring.
I live in the southwest high desert. I plan on keeping the dwarf cavendish in the house. The summer humidity level will be in the 40-60% range and the winter in the 15-30% range. Sunlight is not a problem at all. Will I have a problem getting it to fruit?
Lara G on Feb 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The low winter humidity will be an issue. This is a tropical tree and needs tropical, or close to tropical conditions. That includes moisture in the air, which you can accomplish by misting. If it truly gets full sun and is not in an air-conditioned climate, it will produce.

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Dwarf Cavendish Banana
If you are planning to harvest banana sometime in the future plant it out side in a fully sunny area.It is an outdoor tropical /semi-tropical plant, and it needs soil, (it loves clay soil) and sun light to grow. I got my plant in April 2015, and in 6 months, it became 5 feet tall and about 5 feet spread (leaves).In winter, the leaves dried/died off.(does not look good). I chopped off the dried leaves. Now, it is almost spring, and it began to grow again.I hope to get some bananas this year.The plant was very small when I received (I think , a 4 inch pot), and now the trunk became so fat, many new baby plants also grew from the bottom side.
I live in Zone 9, where I have light freeze.That is the reason the leaved dried up. Zone 10 is the best in USA.for the banana plant.
The tree looks pretty, and I love it.
March 18, 2016
over 3 years ago
Very healthy plant!
I have had this plant for A little over a year. My only regret is that I didn't plant it in a much bigger pot. And I did use a 3 foot by 3 foot pot. Everyday a see a new leaf sprouting. And it spreads so there are now 4 plants in the same pot. No fruit yet but it is maturing quickly!
May 19, 2016
over 3 years ago
Cavendish Banana
Well its not much of a dwarf but now 6ft tall. Almost a year now an should be producing soon. We have had several side plants or baby's which we harvested an now have several banana plants.
May 2, 2018
1 year ago
picky and slow growing, but beautiful
I've had my dwarf banana trees one year now (I ordered one but there were actually two potted together.) They are 2.5 feet tall now and are very pretty tropical foliage for my living room. It's too early to except fruit for another year or two. It's fun to watch them grow one giant leaf at a time- over the course of about two weeks a leaf shoots up and unrolls, then the next one like clockwork.

These have been a very picky plant for me- if I put them on the balcony for even a few hours in the sun, their leaves turn irreversibly brown. If I'm one day late for weekly watering, the leaves droop. If they get too hot or cold by even a few degrees, all growth stops completely for a few weeks.

I would recommend this as a large indoor plant. It needs a lot of attention, but will reward you with a tropical look you can't get with many other plants. I might even buy more!
May 22, 2016
over 3 years ago
Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree
I purchased a Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree and have it planted in my raised bed. I have Ringmaster Onions growing around it and all seem to be doing well together.

I do organic gardening, weed and pest control. I have lined my block raised bed with an organic certifiable polypropylene liner to keep toxins from the cinder and retaining wall block away from my fruits/vegetables. The dirt in my raised bed is good quality organic potting soil and organic mulch and it is set-up with automatic irrigation.

To help it transition not only from being shipped, but also due to the desert climate here I have improvised a shade cover over it. The Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree gets a little morning sun and then from about 11am-12noon through the rest of the day the hotter, and soon inferno, temp's will be very intense so, the shade cover is helping. Once it is established and has grown from its current 4-inch pot sized tree into a more substantial sized tree I will remove the shade cover. For now the Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree seems to be settling into its new location nicely.
May 10, 2017
1 year ago
Mother's Day Gift
Bought this for my mother last Mother's day. When I got it, it was about 3" tall and in great health. After a year of growing both indoor and outdoor, it is about 3' tall with leaves that are around 18" long! Makes a great house plant!
May 10, 2017
over 2 years ago
Dwarf Cavendish Banana
Trees doing very well despite it going through a surprise frost. It bounced back beautifully. Highly recommend.
June 13, 2016
over 3 years ago
i accidently left this plant on my porch one night when our temp dipped to the low fortys. It made me pay too! it died back, but in its place, three new sprouts have grown. i'm hoping it will survive. otherwise, i have been quite happy with my container plants
May 7, 2017
over 2 years ago
Growing well
The banana tree is growing fairly well and is producing offshoots. No bananas yet, but I've had it for just over a year.
May 14, 2018
1 year ago
I like it
The tree still small but growing everyday. Can't wait to see it at its final size.
May 23, 2016
over 3 years ago