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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Southern Gardening: Colorful bananas can thrive across the state

A lot of gardeners are interested in creating a tropical feeling around their homes, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to add banana plants either in the landscape or in large containers.
If you’re about to quit reading because you think bananas can only be grown in coastal Mississippi and you live elsewhere, stick with me. I hope I can change your mind by describing some of the selections that are hardy for all landscapes in Mississippi.
A good all-around choice, especially for the beginning gardener, is the Japanese Fiber banana. This is one of the easiest banana plants to grow, and it is cold hardy all across Mississippi. Its coarse-textured foliage is a bright green, and the plant can reach up to 10 feet tall. Even if it only gets to 5 feet tall, this plant has a presence in the landscape.

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