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Musa basjoo

Japanese banana

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height2.5m to 6m
  • Spread2m to 3.5m
  • Growth HabitOval palm-like
  • Flower ColourYellow cream
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Musa basjoo (Japanese banana). A palm-like, arching, evergreen perennial from Japan. Bears lance-shaped to oblong, medium green leaves and spikes of yellow-cream flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Tree, Herbaceous or Fruit

Other common names

Banana

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, flowers and fruits (bananas), not all of which are edible.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Some of these species can be cultivated as house plants or in greenhouses. They will require fertile, moist soil and full sun. You will need to protect from winds.

Propagation

You can propagate from ripe seed or by division.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites, aphids and mealy bugs under glass.

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