What You Need to Know About the Banana Plant – Musaceae Musa Acuminata

Many varieties of the banana, from southeast Asia, grow much too big for even a large conservatory, but M.a. ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ is a more compact form, often producing small, edible fruits. The green-brown, suckering, pseudostems are formed from overlap­ping leaf sheaths and the palm like leaves grow to 3 ft. (90 cm) or more. Tubular flowers with red-purple bracts are borne on brown-haired, central stems, from which young fruit curve upward. This plant will grow in a con­servatory border or large container.

Size: Height 6 ½—7 ft. (2—2.2 m).

Light: Direct sunlight, indirect sun­light, or partial shade.

Temperature: Tolerates a wide range; winter minimum 55°F (12°C).

Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist from spring to fall; moist in winter.

Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.

Propagation: Detach rooted suckers in summer.

Special needs: For fruit production, keep the temperature above 65°F (18°C), even at night.