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Bananas You Can Grow

Bananas You Can Grow
James W. Waddick and Glenn M. Stokes
New Iberia, La.: Stokes Tropical Publishing
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paper, 128 p., $19.95

You too can grow bananas in tropical landscapes, in more temperate climates as exotic summer bedding and in containers almost anywhere. Increasingly, bananas are being appreciated for their decorative and ornamental aspects, as well as for their nutritional value. This book provides you with everything you need to know to begin growing bananas, including recommendations on the best bananas for landscapes, containers and eating (the book provides some recipes). You even can find out which banana plants would serve well as skyscrapers for monkeys, as the tallest banana plants reach more than 7 meters high!

This book has four parts: an introduction, a general guide to bananas in gardens, a gallery describing the major species and cultivars of bananas, and a glossary and source list. Well illustrated, with many interesting facts and tips, this book will certainly whet your appetite for bananas. And yes, there is a banana that will grow in USDA Zones 5 and 6 — Musa basjoo, or the Japanese Fiber Banana, the hardiest banana known.

— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden