Banana tree

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The banana tree is crop that may be grown with the Farming skill as well as a piece of interactive scenery found in tropical regions of the game, most notably on the island of Karamja. Level 33 farmers may plant a banana tree seed in a plant pot that has been filled with dirt from any empty gardening patch. A gardening trowel is needed to plant the seed, then it must be watered. This action is all performed in the inventory or backpack section of the screen.

After 5 minutes or less, the planted seed will become a Banana sapling and can then be transferred to a fruit tree patch. The fruit tree patch must be raked clean of weeds. Compost or supercompost may be added prior to planting, and once planted (using a spade and trowel), the nearby farmer may be paid to watch over your tree. Payment is four baskets of apples, which is total 20 cooking apples.

A banana sapling may take fourteen or more hours to mature. An Amulet of nature may be bound to the patch to provide progress on its growth. Once mature, the tree produces up to six bananas at a time.

Planting the banana sapling gives 28 Farming experience. A healthy banana tree, when checked, provides 1,750.5 Farming experience. If the farmer does not watch the tree, then a diseased tree may be removed using secateurs.

Each banana, when picked from a tree in a fruit tree patch, gives 10.5 farming experience. Once all 6 bananas have been picked, the tree will slowly produce more bananas until all 6 are available again. However, the bananas may be picked anytime they show on the tree.

Some banana trees can be found in-game without being planted by players. Many can be found on Musa Point in northeast Karamja. Several can also be found scattered throughout the southern Kharidian Desert, particularly in and around Nardah, Menaphos, and Sophanem; picking bananas from these trees does not provide any farming experience.

Production costs[edit | edit source]

The data in this table is based on the Grand Exchange prices of an Banana tree seed and a Banana, assuming one seed is processed to 6 Bananas and a gardener is paid with 20 cooking apples in 4 baskets to keep the patch disease free.

Material cost 223 Profit/loss0 Profit/xp
10,622 −8,798 −4.78

Farming all 5 Fruit tree patches will provide you with 9,207.5 experience, costing 43,990 coins.

Farming[edit | edit source]

Growth stages[edit | edit source]

Healthy Banana tree
Stage Description Image
1 The banana sapling has only just been planted. Click for a larger image
2 The banana sapling grows 3 segments high, with 2 leaves. Click for a larger image
3 The banana tree grows 2 more leaves. Click for a larger image
4 The banana tree grows 5 segments high, and has some small bananas. Click for a larger image
5 The banana tree grows a bit larger. Click for a larger image
6 The banana tree grows a bit larger. Click for a larger image
7 The banana tree is ready to be harvested. Click for a larger image
8 {{{stage8}}} N/A
9 {{{stage9}}} N/A
10 {{{stage10}}} N/A
11 {{{stage11}}} N/A
12 {{{stage12}}} N/A

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 1 February 2016 (Update):
    • Updated Banana trees in Sophanem, Nardah, Marim and on Musa Point.
  • patch 26 July 2011 (Update):
    • Chopping a fruit tree using a Dwarven Army Axe now uses the correct axe animation.
  • patch 27 May 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed the chance of getting seeds back from fully harvested fruit trees.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In real life, the banana plant is actually a herb as it contains no wood fibres. The plant's "stem" is actually the base of huge leaf stalks. The bananas produced are considered berries, and the entire plant would belong to the Lily family and the genus Musa.