Musa basjoo <br> Hardy Banana

Musa basjoo
Hardy Banana

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Musa basjoo                     

MEW-suh BAS-joo

Common Names: Hardy Banana, Japanese Banana

Family: Musaceae

Origin: Africa and Asia

Growth: Upwards, clumping. Old leaves naturally fall off

Light: Full sun

Foot Candles: 250+

Water: Keep evenly moist

Humidity: 30%+

Temperature: -24°C to 40°C

Soil: Well draining humus-rich mix

Container: Irrigated garden bed

Nutrients: 15-10-10 Monthly  

Propagation: Seed or division

Interiorscape Use: Large leaf tropical, unique specimen

Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.

Common Issues: Root rot when sitting in water. Leaf drop with insufficient light or watering. 

Comments: The most cold-hardy banana tree, grown for it fast-growing tropical foliage and ornamental inedible fruits. The rhizomes are cold hardy to -24°C. If you live in an area that gets colder, you can try using either a rose-cone or heavily mounding the rhizome with mulch after it has been cut down for the season in Fall. Alternatively, it can be grown outdoors for the growing season, and the rhizome can be dug up and brought indoors for the winter. 

Toxicity: Safe.