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Musa basjoo 'Japanese Fiber Banana'

Musa basjoo 'Japanese Fiber Banana'

Bananas are a versatile plant in any landscape. Bananas can add a lush, tropical look to any area. Although everyone knows the fruit, few people have experience growing the plant. Bananas are suitable for all climates given the appropriate care. They have large, exotic tropical leaves and can grow from a few feet tall to nearly 40 feet (12m), depending on the variety. The fruits are delicious ripe from the plant or can be shipped great distances; some varieties must be cooked before eaten. Other varieties are strictly ornamental. Banana plants are fast growing, generally putting out one new leaf once a week. Banana plants can either form clumps by suckering or they can remain solitary, like the popular red Abyssianian, Ensetemaurelii. Banana leaves, pseudostem (trunk) and fruiting stem (raceme) grow from the underground rhizome (or pseudo bulb) and the roots grow from the lower surface of the rhizome. The fleshy stems sheathed with huge broad leaves can grow from 2 to 35 feet in as little as 1 year, depending on variety and growing environment. Each pseudostem produces one flower cluster, which develops fruit, then dies. In addition, each parent banana plant during its life cycle will produce as many as 10 suckers that grow into new plants. New pseudostems then grow from the rhizome. Bananas grow best in a uniformly warm environment and need 9 to 15 months of frost-free conditions to produce a flower stalk. It will help to produce flower stalk sooner in the season if the plant and pseudostemare largely protected from freezing.  Keeping the pseudostem from freezing by wrapping and protecting it will provide a several month head start towards the fruit ripening before the following seasons freezing weather. The plants can be wrapped with blankets and tape, or by putting a wire cage around the pseudostem and filling with leaves or mulch to insulate and protect from the lower temperature. In the subtropics, fruit ripens in 2-3 months. In cooler climates, it may take several weeks longer to ripen. Plant growth stops when temperatures drop to 55 degrees F. 

Musa basjoo 'Japanese Fiber Banana'- Our most exciting banana; however it is seeded and not edible.  The basjoo is the world’s cold-hardiest banana. It can survive when planted in the ground to -3 degrees F and, with protective mulching, down to -24F. They have long, slender, bright green leaves. Grows 8 to 9 feet in containers and up to 18 feet in the ground. Its inflorescence is one of the most beautiful of all bananas. Now literally every U.S. state can grow a banana outside in certain microclimates. Leaves and pseudostem will freeze if not protected but underground rhizome survives. Our #1 best seller in bananas.

Name

Musa basjoo 'Japanese Fiber Banana'

Common Names

Japanese Hardy Banana

Grow Zone

5

Light Conditions

Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade

Water Requirements

Regularly

PH Level

5.5-7.0

Minimum Height

9 feet

Maximum Height

18 feet

Growth Habit

Fast

Bloom Period

Year Round

Bloom Color

Yellow, Cream Tan

Fragrant

Yes

Best Grown In

Outdoors, Containers

Scientific Name

Musa basjoo

Class

Liliopsida

Family

Musaceae

Genus

Musa

Species

basjoo

Cultivar

Japanese Fiber Banana

Salt Tolerance

Moderate

 

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Links

Tropical Permaculture

Wikipedia

Missouri Botanical Gardens

HGTV

Ehow.com

Ask.com

 

Source

Stokes Tropicals