While ornamental banana plants don't produce edible fruit they can add a tropical feel to your garden. Some of these plants are also quite hardy and can be grown outdoors in cooler climates, whereas others will not tolerate frost. This is a guide about growing ornamental bananas.
I am hoping someone can please answer a few of my questions. I never had a Red Rowe banana tree before. I live in the mid-west so it's in for the winter. I have it in a huge container and it did well in the corner of my front porch over the summer. Now that it's inside it has lost all the bottom leaves and of course it's growth has slowed. Can I propagate this plant and if so, how or is it best to leave it alone thru winter? Also, will it survive in low light? Thank you :)
I think you will find interesting videos and information given by the Midwest Bananas Farms on youtube, the place is 40 miles northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio and there are pictures of their banana trees in the snow. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgs7_pIKSH_nyncR0YRMcbQ/feed
Whether ornamental or not, all banana plants will produce flowers, and they can mature to fruit. I grew one that gave me sweet "apple" bananas. Just realize that once your tree flowers, it will die, but they produce suckers or "pups" that will take their place. If not maintained, they will take over a space, so be prepared. My oranmental banana plant came from Home Depot and I created a tropical micro climate for it. Good luck!
Source: Personal experience.
By Maile from Onalaska, WA