Banana plants thrive in tropical climates, developing long leaves and reaching full size in just a few weeks, according to Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension.
These plants — often called trees — are actually herbs that grow from a succulent, not wood, stem, according to PBS News Hour. Their luxurious appearance enhances any patio or swimming pool, making them popular with homeowners.
“We have an in-ground pool in our backyard where we have lived for 30 years,” David, a North Carolina resident, says. “I planted banana trees that are hearty in cold weather and really enjoy them; one even bloomed and had little bananas.”
However, his banana plants are just 7 feet from the pool and he wonders if these picturesque plants pose a hidden threat.
“Another pool owner cautioned me that the roots could cause problems,” David says. “Just wondering if anyone else has had any issues, because thankfully we haven’t yet.”
It’s good when friends look out for each other, but in this case, David shouldn’t worry. Banana plants have soft roots, which don’t present the kinds of problems that wood roots do.
For instance, concrete driveways and walkways are often no match for trees’ wood roots, which can create big cracks and undermine the foundation.
Skip to [5:29] for the full segment in the Today’s Homeowner’s Podcast.
In this episode, we also cover these topics:
- Whether to install gutters on a house with a metal roof.
- Whether you should wire a ceiling fan to a light switch or hire a pro
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