I live in tropical North Australia, and have a bit of experience with
It's quite probably your banana is a dwarf banana (I have a few nice
dwarf trees, which fruit well) but whatever the variety, you ought to
be able to get some fruit off it, if your climate is warm enough.
The offshoots you refer to are technically called "suckers." You can
easily divide your plants by digging up a sucker, severing it from the
parent plant, and replanting it elsewhere in your garden. As you have
lots of suckers, I suggest replanting one or two (the biggest and
healthiest-looking) and removing the rest. Your parent plant is
expending its energy growing suckers instead of fruiting. As any new
suckers appear, cut them off. This may encourage your parent to
The most important thing to remember about bananas is they only fruit
ONCE in their lifetime. When a banana has produced its first 'hand,'
it should be cut down, and replaced by a new sucker.
If, by some chance, your banana just isn't going to fruit, and there
are some that really won't, no matter what... chop it out. Maybe
allow some suckers to mature, and see if they'll 'perform.' If not,
your local nursery should have varieties proven to do well in your
This site has some good advice re: feeding, irrigating, etc.
Good luck with it!