Bananas in Hawaii – Tropical Garden H

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Featured Garden Plant: Banana

General Information:

  • Location on Property:  Jungle CottageBamboo HutOhia CamperAloha Bus, Rollinia House,
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    Bananas in Hawaii

    Scientific Name: Musa acuminata

  • Region of Origin: Edible bananas originated in the Indo-Malaysian region reaching northern Australia.
  • Type: Useful
  • General History: The early Spanish explorers introduced banana plants into America from Spain as a hardcore, large cooking banana, known as a Plantain banana. The amazing yellow fresh eating banana, that we know today sold by supermarkets, resulted from a mutation from the hardcore tissues of the parent plantain banana plant, that was then growing in Jamaica. In the year 1836, a Jamaican farmer, found in his banana plantain orchard a banana plant that produced soft, sweet, tasty banana fruit with a yellow-colored skin; a large commercial improvement over the plantain banana tree that grew green bananas with hardcore tissue – virtually inedible unless cooked. Hundreds of cultivars of this banana mutation have evolved to give the world the greatest food breakthrough in human history to supply the world with the number one fruit grown to feed earth's population – the modern yellow banana.

2) Banana Plant Uses:

  • As Food: Bananas can be eaten in an assortment of ways. For example: fruit salad, cereal. It can be used in many recipes that require baking, or simply alone.
  • As Medicine: When you suffer from a hangover - a banana milkshake with honey can give you immense relief. Cold milk soothes the stomach lining and bananas with honey build up depleted blood sugar levels. For those suffering from depression, bananas are good as they contain a protein called serotonin – which is also called the ‘happy hormone’ as it makes one feel happy and relaxed. Eating bananas helps people give up smoking as this fruit is rich in vitamins C, A, B6, and B12. Bananas contain potassium and magnesium as well, which help the body recover from nicotine withdrawal.
  • Other Uses: The peel of a banana fruit can be rubbed on a mosquito bite with good effect, the stinging sensation stops and the swelling also reduces.

3) Growing Instructions for Banana Plants

  • General: Bananas and plantains are today grown in every humid tropical region and constitute the 4th largest fruit crop in the world. The plant needs 10 - 15 months of frost-free conditions to produce a flower stalk. All but the hardiest varieties stop growing when the temperature drops below 53° F.
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    Banana Tree Hawaii

    Difficulties with this plant: Growth of the plant begins to slow down at about 80° F and stops entirely when the temperature reaches 100° F. High temperatures and bright sunlight will also scorch leaves and fruit, although bananas grow best in full sun. Bananas require as much warmth as can be given them. The stalk of the leaves holds water which breeds mosquitos so we try to grow bananas at least 150 feet (the normal range of most mosquitos) from where people sleep.

History of this Plant at Hedonisia:

Having said that some of our most prolific groves of bananas in Hawaii are still on the upper levels of the property! Currently, we are growing bananas mainly in the crater.

Recipes: Banana pancakes: Preheat pan with coconut oil(or any oil on hand) to medium heat. 2 bananas, 1 egg, 3/4 cups oats, 1/2 cup water or milk of choice combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend! Pour batter into a hot pan and cook until the top of the pancake starts to bubble then flip. Drizzle local honey and cinnamon on top and add a few fresh Mulberries from the bush by Bamboo Bungalow for a delicious sweet treat. Enjoy!

This video explains maintenance videos for the garden, as well as a glimpse into Hedonisia's philosophies behind respecting individualism in our intentional community, and how we strive to encourage others to do so as well.


Pre-Volcano Garden H Instructions

Location: Garden H is the span of the garden from the Back Slope Behind the Bamboo Hut to the parking lot and is home to bananas, avocados, mulberry, and decorative plants galore.

Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of the Garden

This mixed garden has the following plants

  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Mulberry
  • Ohi'a
  • Night Blooming Jasmine
  • Impatiens
  • Ginger
  • Ti
  • Orange Frangipani (Orange Plumeria)

Maintenance Activities For This Garden

  • Main Weeds: Cane Grass, Stink Maile, Fire Ants, choking and climbing weeds
    • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using a Kama and pickax out if accessible
    • Use a Kama to cut the Stink Maile, climbers, and the chokers at the base to kill them. Remove off plant carefully.
    • Spray the area with soap/water solution in the sprayer before working against Fire Ants
  • Identification and Labeling:
    • Tag and label  transplanted trees with bright-colored ribbons,
    • Date the tree with the date it was transplanted (only babies so we can see the growth process)
    • Update plant pages if any are added or deleted from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance::
    • Keeping the wood and rock borders free of weeds and mosses is easy and can be done weekly during Spring/Summer, and bi-weekly during Fall/Winter for 15 minutes during a shift.
    • Use a weed whacker to trim grasses around the border of the whole garden
    • Keep weeded, especially removing weed trees and keeping decoratives clear around Bamboo Hut
    • Trim dead Banana leaves, and drop them at the base of the tree to mulch
    • Prune Jasmine and relocate to the crater slope
    • Transplant Mulberry Cuttings from branches overhanging the roadside
    • Move banana babies to the crater
    • Keep three designated parking spots weeded
    • Composting this garden isn't necessary. The chickens are doing it for us! This is good nitrogen-rich soil for transplanting.
    • Check with the Director first before taking all the Banana Trees down. When baby chicks are born they need this protection from predators to survive.
  • Harvesting:
    • Harvesting the Avocado and Mulberries regularly promotes budding and growth low to the ground.
    • Some trees need topping or harvesting is impossible. Check with the director first about topping a tree or if you have any ideas for new plants in this area.


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