Making Banana Tree Compost
Growing banana trees has many benefits to the amateur gardener. They produce wonderful fruit and provide adequate shade along with being relatively easy to grow. During the fruiting process of the banana tree a tear shaped bud will appear from the centre of the stem and hang over the top of leaves. In time this flower will start to open out and miniature bananas will begin to form. Once the shoot reaches around six to ten bunches the flower is cut. In South East Asia this flower is considered a delicacy and is often eaten raw along side dishes like Pad Thai, a stir fried noodle and vegetable dish. After cutting the flower the fruit will continue to grow and a good percentage of the leaves will need to be trimmed back to concentrate more energy to the fruit. These leaves can be chopped into small pieces and composted.
Banana Leaves and Stems
Using banana leaves and stems to compost has many bonus benefits such as, better water retention in the soil and increased yield. This potent soil mix rapidly decomposes and contains many nutrients. It can be great as a general additive for container gardening , citrus trees and many other hungry plants. Mixed with cow dung it makes an excellent fertilizer for flowering fruit trees. After the fruit has been harvested, the whole stem can be cut back to around one foot tall and a new shoot will grow from the centre of the stump. The whole stem can also be chopped into small pieces and and composted.
Using banana peel in your compost mix brings more natural nutrients that are needed by plants which are fruiting and flowering. They make an excellent additive to any organic soil. This is due to their high content of potassium and other nutrients like calcium and magnesium. So the next time you are eating a banana, throw it on the compost pile not in the bin.