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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
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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.
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. www.youtube.com/
Can you grow ornamental bananas in western Washington? I would love to have these in my yard, but I am not sure if they would last through the winter here. Has anyone had any luck growing them? Any advice?
By StellaBell from Manchester, WA
This beautiful purple flower is a banana tree bloom. They form at the end of the fruit clusters. In South-East Asian cuisines they are eaten raw or cooked in salads, soups, and curries.