Scarlet Torch Banana Tree (musa coccinea) – Kens-Nursery (2022)

ABOUT THIS ORNAMENTAL FLOWERING BANANA PLANT.

Scarlet Torch Banana Tree (musa coccinea) – Most Popular Ornamental – Fast growing Scarlet Torch is the brightest and most unusual of all the flowering bananas. This rare species can grow to its mature height of five feet and bloom in six months time, while sending up numerous off-sets to create a full stand in a year. Here at the nursery, zone 8, they die back when temperatures reach freezing and send up fresh stems usually at the beginning of March.

The growth rateof Scarlet Torch will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A fewleaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.

QUICK SPECS

OUTDOORZone 8a-11PATIOZone 4a-11
SOIL TYPERich Moist% SUN80-100%
POT SIZE2x2x7″ DeepINCLUDESOnePlant

WHY YOU NEED ORNAMENTAL BANANAS IN YOUR LANDSCAPE.

Bananas are easy to grow plants with lush foliage and an unmistakably tropical appearance. Highly versatile in the landscape and in the kitchen, ornamental bananas come in a large variety of flower colors and sizes allowing you to select the plant that is right for your location. In addition to creating the ultimate tropical garden appearance, bananas can contribute to your culinary adventures. The entire plant can be utilized for a variety of recipes. The obvious is the tasty ripe fruit, the flower is often enjoyed steamed or battered and deep fried and leaves are excellent for wrapping and roasting meats, rice and vegetables instead of using foil or parchment on the grill.

At any time you can get a fresh start. Bananas are clump forming plants often producing 3-5 off-sets per year. If your stand has suffered wind damage or you simply want to clean it up, this can easily be done with a large sharp kitchen knife and without the need for garden tools. If your stand is getting too large or you simply want to get a fresh start, simply cut all stalks off at ground level, the plant will then regenerate with new offsets.

BANANA PLANT CARE.

Banana plants are easy to grow, tropical flowering plants that produce multiple hands of delicious fruit. Bananas will happily grow, flower and fruit in a pot or in-ground. They add the ultimate tropical accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In cooler zones a containerized banana plant can be relocated indoors for the winter months.

When you receive your new banana plant, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location, simply keep moist. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new banana plant.

CONTAINER SIZE.

All banana varieties grow very well in containers, indoors or on the patio. Smaller varieties grow best indoors in 12″ to 18″ diameter pots while larger varieties need enough room for growth, generally a 18″ to 36″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your banana will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.

SOIL.

Scarlet Torch Banana plants enjoy a well drained, general potting mix easily found at your local box store. Remember try to stay away from arid or wet, mucky soils.

FERTILIZER.

Bananas are heavy feeders, to help establish your new Scarlet Torch Banana Plant, fertilize teninches away from the base, four times annually with a slow time released product. Unfertilized they will tend to grow at a slower pace. Note:The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers willdamage the roots and possiblykill the banana. Its best to use a brand you know and trust.

GROW ZONE & LIGHT.

Best outdoors if grown in zone 8a-11, find your zone here. This banana plant requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is often best.In the northern end of their grow zone, containerized Scarlet Torch Banana Plantsshould be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. In-ground plants require heavy mulching and often die-back, allowing the plant to regenerate and send up fresh, new plants in the spring. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colderzones but must be brought inside beforewinter.

BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS.

At the nursery these bananasare grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this bananain a brightly lit areayou may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.

WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE.

All Scarlet Torch Banana Plants for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plantsare often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, -6 or -8 will arrive in a standard 4 inch, 6 inch or 8 inch round growers pot respectively. Our new, reusable, recyclable deep plugs are 7 or 9 inches deep and 2 or 2.5 inches in width. Products growing in these pots are easy to transplant and allow for deeper roots and faster growth, they are designated with a sku ending in -7 or -9. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. For more information, click the “best packaging” link at the bottom of this page.

Note: Before leaving, bananasare inspected, watered, and pruned. Larger plants, generally those that ship in 8″ pots, will be topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ potis then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and generally secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You may want to order your Scarlet Torch Banana Tree (musa coccinea) online now while they are in stock, supplies are limited.

SHIPPING & HANDLING RATES AND INFO.
At the current time we only ship to the lower 48 states. We do NOT ship to AK, HI, PR or internationally. Orders placed from these areas will be refunded and cancelled. Orders placed from the western regions in the US can have an extended delivery time up to 9 days, we strongly recommend orders be placed in early spring or late fall to avoid hot summer temps. In these regions you are accepting full responsibility for the shipment and understand the risks involved due to distance and temperatures. Western shipments are not guaranteed in the months of July-August.

**Please understand, we are unable to constantly monitor the temperatures across the entire United States. If you know the temperatures in your area are not conducive to shipping plants enclosed in a box from Florida to your location, please wait until temperatures are more favorable. We do not guarantee plants due to extreme temperatures during shipping.

Local UPS Ground Shipping to: Florida and Georgia.

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HOW ARE PLANTS PACKAGED FOR SHIPMENT?
Wow, like a present! With our state of the art packaging we can ensure that your new plant arrives in style. Before leaving our growers all plants are inspected, watered and pruned if necessary. Your new plant is bagged to keep the soil moist and to ensure that the soil stays in the pot not loose in the box. Then your plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts, you will be pleased. click here

DO YOU SHIP PLANTS ANY TIME OF THE YEAR?
Sorry, no we don't. Most of the plants offered are very tropical and require temperatures above 40º at all times. On occasion some orders may be delayed if the weather conditions in your area warrant that the shipment be held. This helps to ensure the survival of your new plant. During the winter months when we are no longer shipping plants, our growers spend their time researching new species and new growing techniques to provide you with the most unique and superior species of plants available anywhere.

HOW LARGE ARE THE POTS THE PLANTS COME IN?
It varies. All plants for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Most plants designated with a sku ending in -3, -4, -6 or -8 will arrive in a standard 2.75 inch, 4 inch, 6 inch or 8 inch round growers pot respectively. Our new, reusable, recyclable deep pots are 8 inches deep and 3x3 inches in diameter and 9 inches deep and 4x4 inches in diameter. Products growing in these pots are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -t3 or -t4 respectively. Our new landscape plugs come in 3 sizes, 5" deep x 2.5" round, 7" deep x 2" round and 9" deep x 2.5" round and are designated with a -5, -7 or -9 respectively. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. click here

ARE SHIPPING OPTIONS AVAILABLE?
No. Sorry, At the present the only shipping option available is UPS Ground ®. UPS ® has proven themselves in the industry and have become the carrier of choice for our family of growers. With reasonable rates, careful handling and on time service you can be sure that your shipment will arrive ready to be enjoyed. Note: The shipping, flat rate charges include the cost of handling, trimming, prepping, watering, bagging, boxing, packaging, etc. You pay nothing more.

HOW CAN I ESTIMATE THE ARRIVAL DATE?
To ensure proper delivery most orders will take 1 - 3 weeks. The delivery time can vary depending on the work load, seasonal holidays and your location. You will automatically be notified by email with tracking information when your order ships, allowing you to trace the shipment to its destination. Rest easy knowing that your plant will not ship until it is inspected, watered, bagged and properly packaged.

WILL ALL OF MY PACKAGES BE SHIPPED BY UPS?
Yes. We not only trust UPS® with our plants. They are the exclusive shipper of our growers when it comes to plants, pots and accessories.

CAN ORDERS BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE US?
Presently we only ship inside the lower 48 states. With the current USDA regulations regarding shipment of live plants, our family of growers are restricted to and governed by the guidelines for certification within the lower 48 states only. Orders shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and internationally will not be accepted.

CAN I CHANGE A SHIPPING ADDRESS ONCE I'VE PLACED AN ORDER?
We're sorry. Shipping information can only be changed if you email our customer service immediately after your order has been submitted. We process orders very quickly, and once an order begins the fulfillment process we're unable to modify it. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that in the majority of cases our faster processing times work to your advantage. If you have questions about your order, please contact us via email. click here

WILL MY PLANT SURVIVE IF IT ARRIVES WITH BROWN OR DAMAGED LEAVES?
Your, plant should be fine. Occasionally transit damage will occur. If your plant arrives a bit shaken and stressed, simply follow your plants "Care & Culture" instructions and it should return to its full beauty and luster with in a few weeks.Note: We do not warrant bent or broken leaves, it is only natural that some minor damage will occur. Certain plant varieties do not like to be shipped and can loose some or all of their leaves during transit, this is common and the plant is not dead, it is simply in shock and should bud within 30 days or so.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY SHIPMENT ARRIVES CRUSHED OR DAMAGED?
It depends on the extent of the damage. If your shipment arrives and the box is severely crushed or damaged, you can either refuse the shipment or place a "Claim" directly with UPS Ground for loss or damage at UPS.com. However, in doing this you must realize that if you have ordered an item that is in short supply or high demand, we can not guarantee a replacement.

WHAT DO I DO IF I DO NOT RECEIVE MY ENTIRE ORDER?
Read your packing slip. First, read your packing slip to be sure that everything you ordered has been shipped. Second, If you only receive a partial shipment don't worry. There is no need to panic. If your entire shipment does not arrive within 4 weeks from the time you placed your order, please e-mail us with your order number and name so we can trace the missing item(s) and promptly correct the situation. click here

CAN I CANCEL OR RETURN?
Sure, but you must do it quickly. Orders canceled after the UPS tracking information has been sent will be charged a 20% restocking fee, this also applies to orders canceled while in transit and orders refused at time of delivery. Understand at that point your plants have been pulled from various greenhouses, tagged, cleaned, bagged, watered, wrapped, bagged again, packaged with p-nuts, paperwork, box, tape and state permits. If for any reason you need to cancel an order it must be done ASAP for a full refund.Returns are only accepted within 15 days of receipt of purchase. Plants must be returned postage paid in the original box along with the fully filled in return form printed off the website. No C.O.D's will be accepted. Refunds are only issued for the purchase price of the product being returned (excluding S&H) and are issued back to the credit card or PayPal account that the original charge was placed with.Orders placed from the western regions can have an extended delivery time up to 8 days, we strongly recommend orders be placed in early spring or late fall to avoid hot summer temps. In these regions you are accepting full responsibility for the shipment, the mortality of the plants ordered and understand the risks involved due to distance and temperatures. Western shipments are not guaranteed in the months of July-August.

WHAT IS YOUR PHONE NUMBER?
Sorry, There is no available telephone number. Our team members are always in the field maintaining the foliage. Email is the most efficient way to answer questions and concerns. click here

MY ORDER JUST ARRIVED, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO THE PLANTS?
Immediately unpack your plants very carefully, most damage occurs in the hurried attempt to see the new plants. When your plants arrive you will need to water them if necessary.

WHAT PLANTS ARE SAFE FOR KIDS AND PETS?
You will have to do your research. We make absolutely no claims as to plant safety, of any plant whatsoever. If in question, please do your homework prior to ordering. For your pets you may want to visit the ASPCA.Please read our Terms of Service and Return Policies prior to purchasing.

FAQs

How tall does a Musa banana tree grow? ›

Types of Banana Trees

Musa acuminata: This species reaches around 12 to 20 feet tall and is often grown for its ornamental foliage thanks to its paddle-shaped leaves that can reach around 6 to 10 inches long.

How do you care for a Musa banana plant? ›

She thrives in most light conditions but grows fastest with bright, indirect light. Water her often so that the soil stays evenly moist (but not soggy), grow in temperatures between 18°C – 25°C and fertilize her every 1-2 weeks during growing season with a weak fertilizer.

Are Scarlet bananas edible? ›

Scarlet banana is in the same family as other bananas and plantains. While its fruit is edible to humans, it has not achieved widespread cultivation for such use (perhaps it is not as rich in sugars or starches?). Other animals make use of it, though. For example, scarlet banana is pollinated by bats.

How fast does Musa grow? ›

Speed of Growth

When treated well, Banana plants are very fast growers - as much as one huge new leaf every week or so during the growing seasons. If you give it a fair bit of space then it really doesn't take a great deal of time before you'll have a huge and full looking plant.

Can you plant a banana tree close to the house? ›

Banana trees should be planted away from your house to allow the space for it to grow. Although banana trees do not have invasive roots they do grow large and their stems can spread. Giving banana trees at least 6 feet of room away from your house or a neighboring fence will give them the space they need to grow.

Do banana trees need a lot of water? ›

Bananas need regualr watering to sustain the large tropical leaves and produce sweet tasty fruit. You should expect to water slowly and deeply every 2 or 3 days during the warmer months. A test when to water is when the top 1/2-1 inch of soil is dry.

What is the best fertilizer for a banana tree? ›

A banana plant's rapid growth rate makes it a heavy feeder. Young plants may need as much as ¼ to ½ pound of fertilizer per month. A balanced fertilizer of 8-10-8 (NPK) is recommended.

Where should I plant my banana tree? ›

In general, banana plants should be planted in full sun for best growth and fruit production. However, banana plants do tolerate light shade. In general, select a part of the landscape away from other trees, buildings and structures, and power lines.

Can banana plants grow in pots? ›

Banana plants can grow in containers, but the size of the pot should be at least 15 gallons for optimal growth. 6. When the banana tree outgrows the container, you can repot it in a larger container.

Are ornamental bananas edible? ›

Most ornamental banana trees do not produce edible fruit, although a few develop small sweet edible bananas. In areas with mild temperatures during the winter, banana trees survive without damage from freezing temperatures.

Is dwarf banana edible? ›

The answer is a resounding yes! Cavendish bananas are actually a variety of bananas sold in many grocery stores, and these pretty Dwarf Cavendish banana trees bear edible fruit, too. Dwarf Cavendish banana fruit can be eaten raw or used in recipes, and has a smooth texture and sweet flavor.

Is heliconia bird of paradise? ›

Heliconia are also known as False Bird of Paradise and Wild Plantains because their leaves are similar to the leaves of the Bird of Paradise and banana plants.

How can I make my banana tree grow faster? ›

Watering a banana plant frequently and giving it fertilizer can help it grow faster. Also, banana trees that are grown outdoors are more likely to grow faster with enough space versus an indoor variety. Plant banana trees in groups of three or more use an acidic soil that is between 5.5.

How deep do banana tree roots grow? ›

Banana tree roots can grow up to 5 feet deep and up to 30 feet wide. Many only grow to about 18 inches deep, but in the right soil, they have been known to get to 5 feet deep.

Do banana plants spread? ›

Banana tree care

These are large plants that require plenty of room to spread. Take that into consideration before you include them in your landscape. Locate banana plantings well away from property lines (6 to 10 feet), as their ability to spread may cause problems to neighbors who do not want them in their yard.

What kills banana tree roots? ›

You could use glyphosate (Killzall, Roundup and other brands) or triclopyr (Brush Killer, Brush B Gon and other brands). After you cut down the trunks near the soil surface, paint the freshly cut surface of the stumps with the herbicide mixed at the highest label rate.

Do banana trees attract roaches? ›

Homeowners often wonder if banana plants attract roaches with their scent and actually contribute to their roach problem. These plants are often associated with attracting roaches because they give off a similar smell to that of rotting bananas. However, it is the opposite; this plant actually repels roaches.

What is the best time to plant a banana tree? ›

The right time to plant is in spring and summer. Prepare your soil in advance by incorporating plenty of compost or manure and irrigate thoroughly a few days prior to planting. If you're growing a few banana plants, place them around four metres apart.

What is the best soil for banana trees? ›

Banana plants can be a bit finicky, so it is very important to use the proper soil mixture. The plants like well-drained soil that is rocky. Soils containing lava sand or lava rock are ideal for banana growing. An ideal soil for banana growing is similar to what you would find in Hawaii.

What type of soil do banana trees like? ›

Banana trees prefer a slightly acid soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Due to the amount and size of their foliage, banana trees are very heavy feeders.

Is Epsom salt good for banana trees? ›

Is Epsom salt good for banana trees? Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, is very beneficial to the growth and of healthy banana plants. It helps promote green, plentiful leaves and more abundant fruit yields.

Should I trim banana leaves? ›

Although banana trees do not need much trimming, cutting off old, dead leaves helps stimulate growth. Removing leaves that rub against the banana bunch helps with fruit production. As banana trees stand quite tall, be prepared to climb in your efforts to trim the uppermost leaves.

Is chicken manure good for bananas? ›

Poultry manure and banana waste are effective biofertilizer carriers for promoting plant growth and soil sustainability in banana crops.

Why we should not plant banana tree at home? ›

The banana tree should not be planted near the bedroom as the leaves of the banana tree are very big in size. And they exhale carbon dioxide in large amounts during the night time. And this is not good for your health while sleeping.

What is the lifespan of banana tree? ›

The life of a banana plantation is 25 years or longer, during which time the individual stools or planting sites may move slightly from their original positions as lateral rhizome formation dictates.

How much space does a banana tree need? ›

Spacing for Full Size Varieties

Banana varieties vary in size and need to be planted accordingly. Most varieties need at least 12 feet or more of space. Smaller varieties can be planted 10 to 11 feet apart. In a mature mat, the roots can extend outward for up to 18 feet.

Do bananas like full sun? ›

Grow banana plants in full sun to partial shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot.

Do banana plants need big pots? ›

Large, vigorous plants should be re-potted every two to three years, into containers that are 10–15cm (4–6in) wider. If a plant gets too large to re-pot easily, you can reduce the height of the stem, but ideally leave at least 60cm (2ft). Bananas don't generally need pruning.

Do banana plants come back every year? ›

Although they freeze back to the ground each fall, with proper care they will resprout in the spring. Hardy bananas grow fast enough to match their previous year's size by early to mid summer, and it usually only takes about two years for a young plant to reach its full size.

Do banana plants attract rats? ›

Rodents are attracted to banana trees which can attract snakes. Mice can bury underneath the rhizome and live underground and rats can actively climb the tree and nest in the canopy. Banana tree stems grow from an underground rhizome.

Can you eat the bananas off an ornamental banana tree? ›

Ornamental banana trees do produce fruit but it's not edible. The bananas contain high levels of a substance called saponin, which can be toxic if consumed in large quantities. Saponin is found in other plants as well, such as quinoa and soapwort, and can cause stomach upset and vomiting if ingested.

Are red banana trees poisonous to dogs? ›

2 However, the banana tree (Musa) is a dramatic accent plant that is safe for all pets. Rich soil, bright light, and regular watering will emulate the natural habitat of the banana tree.

What is the easiest banana tree to grow? ›

The Grand Naine Banana Tree is the world's most unique banana plant, perfect for your garden or patio. It is the fastest fruiting banana tree. Enjoy creamy, pesticide-free, sweet bananas in your breakfast cereal or as a healthy snack!

What are the best tasting bananas? ›

The Ladyfingers are the sweetest and best tasting of them all, but since there's no reliable way to determine which kind you're getting, you'll have to undertake some delicious trial and error. These fruits must be very ripe to reach full sweetness; their skin should look deep brown, with dark streaks.

Do you need 2 banana trees to produce fruit? ›

Dwarf Cavendish banana trees self-pollinate, meaning that they don't need another tree nearby to help the flowers produce fruit. However, more than one tree can increase your crop yield. Most banana trees thrive in heat and humidity, so when you plant two banana trees next to each other, they pack in heat and humidity.

What's the difference between a bird of paradise and a banana tree? ›

The banana plant originated in Asia, while the bird of paradise plant is native to Africa. As we've already discussed, one of the most obvious differences between a banana plant and a bird of paradise is the fact that banana plants produce edible fruits, while bird of paradise plants do not.

What is the difference between a banana tree and a bird of paradise? ›

Although they produce different flowers and foliage, the major difference between a banana plant and a giant bird of paradise is that a banana plant produces edible fruit, and a bird of paradise does not.

Why are my heliconias dying? ›

Phytophthora and stem rot:The worst enemy for heliconia is fungus, which is usually caused from overwatering or if soil drainage is poor. A good preventative measure if growing rhizomes is to dip the plant in systemic fungicide before planting.

How long does a banana tree take to produce fruit? ›

Bananas generally take four to six months for fruit to reach full size after flowering, depending on temperature, variety, moisture and culture practices. Typically, there is a slight yellow tint to the fruit as it reaches maturity.

Are coffee grounds good for banana plants? ›

Great, but don't be too hasty in throwing out those grounds! They're a great source of nitrogen, contain some of the other two major plant elements—phosphorus and potassium, and are also a good source of micronutrients like magnesium, copper, calcium zinc, manganese and iron.

How do you make bananas grow bigger? ›

Plant the banana tree in a dark, nutrient rich soil in order to yield the largest fruit. Use composted manure and organic mulch frequently to add nutrients to the soil, since the more nutrients the plant has, the larger bananas it will produce.

Do banana trees have tap roots? ›

Banana has a fibrous root system.

How do banana trees spread? ›

Farmers propagate banana plants through vegetative reproduction rather than seeds. These plants grow from thick, underground stems called rhizomes. The rhizome spreads and grows new buds and shoots near the base of the mature plant. The farmer removes these pups and plants them elsewhere on the farm.

Can you plant a banana tree near a pool? ›

The Banana Tree is the perfect companion for any backyard pool that needs that exotic touch. Its large leaves grow up to four feet long, and the tree itself can reach heights of 10 feet or more.

Should you remove banana pups? ›

Separating banana plants will give both the new pups and the parent plant a better chance at survival, as the new pups can take away water and nutrients from the parent plant causing it to die back. Dividing banana plants should be done only when the pup being divided has grown to at least a foot (30.48 cm.)

Can we plant banana tree in front of house? ›

The banana tree is useful, but you must place it in the east or northeast, with little preference for the north, and water daily with attention. Banana trees should never be planted on the south side of your home or property. Bananas require 7 to 8 hours of bright sunlight per day to grow.

What do you feed banana plants? ›

Banana trees will thrive throughout the growing season if provided ample amounts of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K). Feed regularly using either 8-10-8 (NPK) chemical fertilizer or organic composted manure.

How tall will Musa basjoo grow UK? ›

In mild, sheltered locations in the UK, Musa species, including hardy Musa basjoo, may send up new stems (suckers or offsets) from their underground rhizome. In this way they can eventually form an impressive multi-stemmed clump, reaching 3m (10ft) tall or more.

Do Musa basjoo grow fast? ›

Musa basjoo is extremely fast growing, a small plant can reach 3m in as many years, scraping the sky at 5m.

How long does a banana tree take to grow? ›

Banana plants grow quickly and can reach their full height of 20-40 feet in only 9 months. After growing for about 6-8 months, the plant develops a nice crown of leaves. Then a flowering stem emerges from the top, and a large bud begins to develop.

How long do banana trees live? ›

Banana trees live for about six years, but each stem only lives long enough to produce fruit. After picking the fruit, the stem will die and a new one will grow from the rhizome to give you your next round of bananas.

Is Musa basjoo toxic to dogs? ›

Is Musa basjoo poisonous? Musa basjoo has no toxic effects reported.

What is the most cold hardy banana tree? ›

Tropical Banana Grows Anywhere in the US

The Basjoo is the world's most cold-hardy and cold-tolerant banana tree.

Can you grow banana trees in pots? ›

Banana plants can grow in containers, but the size of the pot should be at least 15 gallons for optimal growth. 6. When the banana tree outgrows the container, you can repot it in a larger container.

How cold hardy is Musa basjoo? ›

But what makes the Cold Hardy Banana, also known as the Basjoo, even better? For starters, it can: Withstand winter temperatures down to -10 degree when properly mulched.

Can Musa basjoo grow in pots? ›

Musa Basjoo as a Pot Plant

Alternatively, the plant does well as potted plants indoors and on patios as well. The plant will not reach four meters unless you re-pot it constantly to bigger and bigger pots.

How far apart should you plant banana trees? ›

Most varieties need at least 12 feet or more of space. Smaller varieties can be planted 10 to 11 feet apart. In a mature mat, the roots can extend outward for up to 18 feet. For commercial groves, a spacing of 11 by 11 feet or 8 by 12 feet works well for equipment, while maximizing production.

What kind of fertilizer do banana trees like? ›

Banana trees will thrive throughout the growing season if provided ample amounts of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K). Feed regularly using either 8-10-8 (NPK) chemical fertilizer or organic composted manure.

How can I make my banana tree grow faster? ›

Watering a banana plant frequently and giving it fertilizer can help it grow faster. Also, banana trees that are grown outdoors are more likely to grow faster with enough space versus an indoor variety. Plant banana trees in groups of three or more use an acidic soil that is between 5.5.

Do banana trees like sun or shade? ›

Most banana trees prefer full sun, although a few varieties with variegated leaves will need a bit of shade to prevent leaf scorch.

How deep do banana tree roots go? ›

While banana tree roots can grow up to 5 feet deep in perfect soil and care conditions, most root systems will be less than 3 feet below the surface of the soil.

Why do they cut down banana trees? ›

Cutting Down the Banana Tree and Why, Austin Demonstrates 9/15/2019

Should you remove banana pups? ›

Separating banana plants will give both the new pups and the parent plant a better chance at survival, as the new pups can take away water and nutrients from the parent plant causing it to die back. Dividing banana plants should be done only when the pup being divided has grown to at least a foot (30.48 cm.)

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