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Australian man grows banana tree in a non tropical climate

A Horsham man is celebrating after his attempt to try something different.

TJ Hobbs bought some banana plants a few years ago and planted them in the garden of his Horsham home.

“I planted three in my front yard and someone decided to pinch one. I bought another one and planted it at the side of my house,” he said.

“Three years later, it has started shooting bananas.”

The bananas are still green but Mr Hobbs said the plant has produced a decent amount of the fruit, which typically grows in tropical areas. 

“There’s a decent bunch of bananas. There’s a lot of bananas on there,” he said. 

What’s his secret to the fruit-growing venture? He isn’t so sure. 

“I don’t know how it’s even fruited, I don’t even water it. It’s just a fluke I think,” he said. 

This isn’t the first strange fruiting experience Mr Hobbs has gone through. He once had a lemon tree blow up in his backyard. 

“I had a lemon tree in a pot combust on me. I’ve still got the tree – it’s burnt but it’s still in the pot,” he said. 

“It’s all happening at our house. I can burn a lemon tree and grow bananas.”

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