The Banana tree is very easy to grow for the gardener who likes to grow his own, tree-ripened fruit rather than grocery store bananas that were harvested green. Ty Ty Nursery grows banana trees in large fields just like row-crop farmers normally cultivate fields of cotton, peanuts and corn. The extra long shelf life of the commercial bananas that are harvested in Central America during the half-ripe, green stages
of development made the banana the most popular fruit in America, mainly because of its long keeping qualities. Most store bought fruits have lost their intensive desirable flavor that tree-ripened bananas have, so that a home gardener who grows his own tree ripened fruit can experience right in his own backyard. Home grown bananas only grow three-fourths the size of the commercial "Cavendish" bananas, but the delicious flavor and aroma trumps the store bought banana. The banana tree is one of the fastest growing fruits and trees in the U.S., and here at Ty Ty, Georgia, the banana tree begins rapidly surging during June, and usually grows at least a foot each week when the air temperatures are 80 degrees F. or higher.