Ok so I am a little crazy for growing bananas. After you have tasted one that has ripened on the stem and not based with ethylene you know how they should be. I bought a plant at Lowes 18 months ago. Eric and Andrew planted it for me right outside our front door. Ever since I have tended to it with lots of loving care. It has the protection from the wind and cold. They taste great. I fear we will eat them all.