Plant • HARDY BANANA Musa Basjoo • Live Plant Pre-Order

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HARDY BANANA

Musa basjoo, known variously as Japanese banana, Japanese fibre banana or hardy banana, grows to around 2–2.5 m (6.6–8.2 ft), with a crown of leaves growing up to 2 m (6.6 ft) long and 70 cm (28 in) wide when mature. The banana fruit formed are yellow-green, around 5–10 cm (2.0–3.9 in) long and 2–3 cm (0.79–1.18 in) broad; they are inedible, with sparse white pulp and many black seeds.

Musa basjoo has been cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens outside its natural range, first in Japan, and from the late 19th century, then in the warmer parts of western Europe (north of the United Kingdom), the United States, and southern Canada. In gardens, it is used as a hardy 'tropical foliage' plant. Although the pseudostem may only cope with a few degrees below freezing, the underground rhizome is considered frost hardy, if well insulated with thick mulch, in areas with winter temperatures down to −12 °C (10 °F). The roots are considered hardy to −10 °C (14 °F). If the pseudostem is killed, the banana will resprout from the ground where it rapidly grows to full size in a season under optimal conditions. Thus, it can be grown as far north as USDA zone 6a. It can also be overwintered under cover in a pot and kept growing, which is the only way it can be made to fruit in northern regions as it requires 12–24 months of warmth to bloom.

Type: Tropical, patio or houseplant

Location: Full sun to part shade

Plant size: First year plant


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