I'm thinking of ordering a (fruiting) banana.
I had told myself that I'd wait a few years until I had a place of my own with a big greenhouse for them, and I do fully intend to have that someday soon.
But I'm getting a little antsy, and wondering if I could buy one in the meantime. Obviously I'd have to take it inside during the winter, and perhaps even the cooler months of spring and autumn. But when I'm looking through the Gurney's seed catalog and I see so-called dwarf trees... well, hard to resist.
Anyway, I have some questions that several weeks of googling hasn't answered. For instance, I don't even know what variety to look for. Cavendish is the grocery store variety, but these are chosen because they transport well... are they even the best tasting? Big Mike also seems somewhat available... and this was the pre-1970s choice, but disease really kicks its butt.
Which varieties would be most tolerant of only getting light through a large south-facing window during the cold months?
Which varieties are either smaller than 7ft or so, or could be trimmed to that height non-fatally? Or, alternately, how long would it take for them to get that big?
I mean, if it takes 5 years to get taller than that, I could have other arrangements in the meantime.
Anyone care to offer some opinions and advice?