There have been a few articles before on this website regarding growing bananas in a cold country. Above are some links to previous articles which might be useful in appreciating today’s story about Ron Rodrigues and his perseverance with Mother Nature and her ‘flora and fauna’.  He is not bananas but he now grows them almost out of thin air.

Ron’s story of growing banana plants goes back to about six years when one day sitting in his new conservatory and looking out into the garden and thinking of Mangalore he realised that the only thing lacking in his garden in UK  and which was abundant in his home town is the banana plant and the succulent bunches hanging from them.  How he wished he could recreate the home scene in his back garden in Vista Way, Harrow.  He wasted no time ordering his first ‘plant’ online for £5 and waited for it to arrive, fully expecting it to arrive either in a commercial van or a special delivery because of its size.  Having had no response from the website sellers he contacted them to report non-delivery of his order.  He was quite surprised when they informed him that his order had been despatched the same day and should have arrived by the normal post next day.  

Ironically Ron’s wife Violet who actually had received the post but thought it is nothing but some advertising material, chucked it in the refuse bin quite unbeknown to Ron.   Just imagine Ron’s exasperation when he had to retrieve and rescue the baby banana plants, no bigger than about four inches, wrapped in a fuzzy envelope, from the garden bin. Without losing hope to ‘resurrect’ the highly mistreated plants which had gone through several postal seals, Ron planted them with a prayer to Saint Fiacre. the patron saint of gardeners in a special sunny part of his garden and waited for them to rejuvenate, grow and bear fruit. Waited he did – for six years.  And finally Ron can sit in his conservatory and look out into his garden and see for himself a bit of his home town recreated – banana plants in abundance and every one of them showing signs of fruiting and some already in bunches. The local newspaper Harrow Observer’s rep. who came to visit Ron in his garden was so impressed by the banana plantation that he even suggested to Ron that it could be an entry for the Guinness Book of Records.  Harrow Observer did carry front page news titled “Gardener manages to grow tropical bananas in West London home after eight years” on 13 August 2014.  

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Best wishes Ron for even a bigger crop next year  - John Mascurenus - Editor





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Comments on this Article
John Mascurenus, Mangalore/UK Sun, August-31-2014, 11:27

John Mascurenus, Mangalore/UK Sunday, August 31, 2014 Fantastic achievement Ron. Mother Nature has rewarded you with these beautiful fruits to be proud of. People who have disagreed in this article may not be aware of the extreme weather conditions here in England which is detrimental to tropical fruits. Middle East is a warm area and banana plants thrive in a warm climate. What you have grown is out in the open air where the winter temperature can go down to -5 degrees C. - no conservatory, no solar panels. Mother Nature has definitely smiled on you. Keep smiling Ron and be a role model to all gardeners in UK. - John Mascurenus Editor 31 August 2014

Simon Lasrado, Sullia/Bangalore Mon, August-25-2014, 1:33

Dear Ska London, On the occasion of completing of 35 years we wish you all the best and good luck Wishfully, yours Simon Lasrado and family Bangalore 😈

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