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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. 

    Musa basjoo - Hardy Banana
    Musa basjoo - Hardy Banana