The banana is a fast growing tropical plant native to South-east Asia that grows to heights of 6 – 7m, arising from underground rhizomes. Its trunk consists of fleshy stalks formed by upright concentric layers of leaf sheaths. The large leaves are easily torn by winds which result in giving the plant its familiar palm frond appearance. Golden yellow banana fruits grow in hanging clusters with up to 20 fruit to a tier (also known as a hand), and 3-20 tiers to a bunch.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Plants thrive in a warm sheltered position that receives full sunlight and adequate moisture.

    Protect from frosts and cold winds.

    Bananas should be planted in blocks or clumps, not in single rows.

    Provide rich, deep, well drained soils with lots of organic matter.

    Bananas require ample supplies of water. The soil should be moist but not soggy. Overwatering can cause root rot.

    Mulching is required for light sandy soils to improve water retention and to make nutrients available.

    To channel all of the plant’s energy towards fruit production, remove all excess shoots.

    Plant in mid-spring when the soil is warm and the danger of frost has passed.

    Prior to planting, loosen the soil thoroughly at the bottom of the hole.

    Keep a plant spacing of 4m apart when planting more than one banana

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre-Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1-3 cups (200-600g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 800g

    Comments: Prior to planting, mix the fertiliser in well with rich fertile soil in the bottom of the hole and then place banana plant on top. Do not apply a basal (base) per plant in dry soil conditions.


    Stage: Until First Flowering

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 8-10 cups (1.6-2kg)

    Commercial Use: 2 - 2.5kg

    Comments: Their rapid growth rate makes bananas heavy feeders therefore requiring high nutritional and irrigation requirements. At the emergence of warm weather (start of spring) apply the given fertiliser rate once a month to the plant crop. Spread the fertiliser around the plant in an even circle extending to about 2.5m from the trunk. Do not allow fertiliser to come in direct contact with the trunk.


    Stage: Fruit Bearing

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1 ½ cup (300g)   

    Commercial Use: 300-500g/stool

    Comments: Apply to uphill or row side of stool or follow in a band 0.5 to 1.0m wide, 30cm from base and chip in lightly. Fertilise prior to irrigation or rain periods. The given fertiliser rate should be applied per ratoon and to be repeated every 4-6 weeks. For larger ratoons, rates can be increased by up to ½.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.