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Grand Nain 'Naine' Banana Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

  • Grand Nain 'Naine' Banana Tree
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Musa acuminata 'Grande Naine'
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Bananas are among the most widely-consumed fruits in the world, and the Grand Nain Banana is one of the most popular of all banana varieties. Fortunately, if you want to experience the flavor of these bananas firsthand, all you need to do is plant a Grand Nain Banana Tree, known botanically as Musa acuminata 'Grande Naine.' With the right care, this tree will produce fruits quickly and can grow in containers as well.

  • The Grand Nain Banana Tree produces delicious bananas in a relatively short time. 
  • This tree produces vigorous growth and can adapt to containers.
  • The flavor of a Grand Nain Banana makes it one of the most popular bananas in the world.

Plant Care

Sunlight

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The Grand Nain Banana Tree can survive in partial shade but grows best in full sunlight.

Watering

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Water this tree about once per week during the growing season.

Fertilizing

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You can fertilize this plant up to once per month with a well-balanced fertilizer mix.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on September 29, 2022

Planting instructions

Although the Grand Nain Banana Tree can survive in partial shade conditions, it is far more advantageous to plant this species in an area of full sunlight, about six hours of light or more per day. Full sunlight, ideally accompanied by some degree of afternoon shade, promotes the healthiest growth and fruit production. If you are among the many gardeners who will plant their Grand Nain Banana Tree in a container, ensure that the container has excellent drainage and holds loose soil.

Watering and nutrients

A newly planted Grand Nain Banana Tree will need water once per day. After establishment, this plant will perform best when it receives water about once per week during most of the growing season, increasing that rate to two or three times per week in the case of extreme heat. Grand Nain Banana trees also have high fertilizer needs. Typically, it is best to feed this plant a balanced fertilizer once per month during the growing season.

Pollination

Grand Nain Banana trees are unlike other fruit-bearing trees because they do not require any pollination to produce fruit. These plants, like other banana plants, have unique flowers that grow into bananas on their own. As such, you won’t need to worry about pollinating your Grand Nain Banana Tree if you are seeking a harvest. If anything, you should aim to prevent pollination, as pollinated bananas tend to have larger seeds and smaller amounts of edible flesh.

Pruning

After a Grand Nain Banana Tree produces a harvestable bunch of bananas, it will not produce another one. If you want your plant to produce additional bananas, you will need to cut down its stalk after your harvest. Cutting the stalk to just above the soil will prompt the plant to produce a new stalk via suckering. Continue following the standard care routine for your Grand Nain Banana Tree, and in a matter of months, the new stalk will produce another banana bunch for you to enjoy.

Pests, diseases and animals

Most banana trees will be vulnerable to several diseases, including root rot, powdery mildew, leaf spot and more. However, the Grand Nain Banana Tree has excellent resistance to these diseases compared to its banana tree relatives. Pests remain a more likely threat to a Grand Nain Banana Tree. Some of the most common infestation-causing insects are aphids, nematodes, thrips and black weevils. Occasionally, mealybugs and spider mites may attack your Grand Nain Banana Tree as well.

Harvesting

One of the most amazing benefits of the Grand Nain Banana Tree is that this banana variety is known to be one of the fastest-producing varieties in existence. It takes less than a year for a new Grand Nain Banana Tree to produce fruits. At times, this period can be as short as nine months. When it comes time to harvest, it is best to cut off the entire bunch of bananas rather than remove bananas individually.

Achieving maximum results

The Grand Nain Banana Tree is hardy down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that most gardeners throughout the United States will need to bring this plant indoors for a significant portion of the year. The need for overwintering north of zone nine is part of the reason it is so common to grow this plant in a container. But, despite commonly growing as a container plant, the Grand Nain Banana Tree can grow to a height of eight feet tall, meaning that it can need a considerable amount of space whether it grows indoors or out.

FAQs

How fast does the Grand Nain Banana Tree grow?

During the growing season, your Grand Nain Banana Tree will grow incredibly fast if you give it the right care and growing conditions. At times, these plants can add as much as an inch of growth in a single day. That rapid growth is what allows the Grand Nain Banana Tree to mature so quickly and produce fruits faster than any other banana tree variety.

How can you tell when bananas are ready to pick?

After developing to their full size, each individual banana on your Grand Nain Banana Tree will stop expanding. At that stage, you'll notice that the small flowers that sit at the end of each banana are quite easy to rub off using just your hands. Those two signs are the best indicators that your banana bunch is ready for harvest. However, when in doubt, it's best to wait a bit longer to harvest as bananas that are picked too soon can not only lack flavor but also be difficult to eat.

Is the Grand Nain Banana a Cavendish banana?

The Grand Nain Banana Tree is a member of the Cavendish banana group, which is the most popular group of bananas in commercial trade and consists of several popular banana cultivars. Cavendish bananas can also go by the name “Chiquita banana” and belong to the Musa genus. The popularity of Cavendish bananas makes the Grand Nain Banana easy to find in many grocery stores.

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Mature height
6-8 ft.
Mature width
8-10 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full-Partial
Growth rate
Fast
Botanical name
Musa acuminata 'Grande Naine'
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AZ
Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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