At Discovery Garden Pattaya we arguably show the greatest variety of bananas all over Thailand. We have red bananas, Tiger bananas, some with seeds and some with stripes. We grow delicious bananas and others only for ornamental reasons. Visit the “Banana Republic” at our place or buy the most unusual bananas from Discovery Garden in Pattaya and Nong Khai.
My very first plant I grew in Thailand was a banana. I was surprised to hear in 1991 – just after arriving here from my native Switzerland where no bananas are grown – that one could just take an offshoot of a mature banana and thus gain an identical new plant. Also surprising to me was the fact: A banana plant only bears fruits once and then is cut down or dies naturally. So I took that precious offshoot in humid newspaper sheets on the train from Nong Khai to Bangkok where I was living at the time and planted it carefully in our then very small garden.
The next Thai banana wonder was: There really also are bananas which can be propagated with seeds! Naturally, I had to have one of those and planted it on my huge plot of land which has nowadays become Discovery Garden Pattaya.
Other banana wonders were finally discovered by an impressed Swiss tropical gardener: There are banana varieties with white stripes on the leaves.
And the fruits of those bananas have white stripes as well.
Very pretty are the tiger bananas with the beautiful red spots on the leaves which mimic a tiger skin.
The fruits of the tiger bananas are pretty as well, but not for eating. They contain lots of seeds.
Then meet the bananas with black stems coming from Papua New Guinea.
This yellow beauty can be admired too at Discovery Garden in Pattaya.
And this pink diva stands out as well.
She bears little red bananas which open up themselves and release lots of seeds.
This banana type produces lots of fruits, but they are not edible.
It grows all the way down…
It grows all the way down to the ground, it seems.
These red bananas are edible when really ripe.
They actually taste terrific.
Many banana flowers are edible as well and beautiful…
And this multi headed banana is part of the freak show at Discovery Garden.
And this is a colleague.