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MUSA basjoo

Commonly known as Japanese banana

The hardiest of the bananas which will survive outdoors in mild areas. Although it will produce small bananas in maturity this plant is usually grown as an attractive architectural plant
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£17.50 each

  • Evergreen - arching, oblong-lance-shaped, bright-green leaf blades to 3m (10ft) long.
  • Yellow - pale yellow or cream.
  • Height - 5m (16ft)
  • Spread - 4m (13ft)
  • Banana
  • Palm - can be multi-stemmed. Produces flowers 2-3cm (¾ to 1¼in) long with large, brown bracts in pendent, terminal spikes. More mature specimens may produce inedible fruits to 6cm (2½in) long.
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Architectural interest -
  • Pests & Diseases - red spider mite, mealy bugs and aphids can be a problem particularly if in greenhouse
  • Place of origin - Japan
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - loam based compost, plenty of light but shade from hot sun.
  • Sub-tropical / mediterranean
  • Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0) -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
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  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - humus-rich and sheltered from winds if growing outside.
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