Musa basjoo - Hardy banana
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Musa basjoo - Hardy banana

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  • This fantastic architectural banana plant will create a great impact in any garden! (Does not produce fruit!)
  • Fan like leaves spreading out through the air will create wonderful shadows on your patio.
  • Hailing from Japan, it loves sunshine but it is hardy to -6C when protected - perfect for the UK climate!
  • Brilliant if planted into a large pot it will create a real tropical feel to your garden.
  • Supplied as 30cm+ tall in a 1L pot. NOTE: In Winter the leaves will die back and turn brown, but re-grow in Spring. Don't panic!

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This fantastic architectural banana plant will create a great impact in any garden! Forming a dense bush with huge paddle fan-like leaves spreading gloriously out through the air, it will create wonderful shadows on your patio. Once established, the big leaves will unfurl as they emerge each year through the central trunk,  and within 3-4 years you will have leaves over 1m long.

Hailing from Japan, it loves sunshine but it is hardy to -6C when protected with fleece over winter - perfect for the UK climate! This Japanese Hardy Banana is brilliant if planted into a large pot and will create a real tropical feel to your garden.

Supplied as an established young plant in a 12cm pot, approx 30cm (12in) tall, although can be a little larger on dispatch as they grow rapidally as the temperatures warm.

Note - it does not actually produce edible bananas in the Uk, it is a close cousin of comemrcial bananas, but they do not grow here in Uk climates. Grow it for it's huge impact and size as a tropcial foliage plant.

What Is Supplied

Item 680064 supplied as:

Supplied in a 1L pot from 30cm tall, but growing quickly in Summer so maybe much taller.

Please note these are architectural and will not produce fruits

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Protect From Frost
Protect From Frost
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

Over time, your banana will produce small offsets at the base. These can either be left to form a clump or separated off and grown on.

Care Information

Planting Advice for Banana Musa basjoo:

  • When growing outdoors, choose a site that is sheltered from the wind both for winter protection and also to prevent leaves being shredded.
  • Plant in late spring, in a well-drained soil, that has been enriched with plenty of organic matter.
  • Once plants are established, water and feed generously through the summer as they are greedy feeders.
  • Musa basjoo, can be left in situ over winter, although we do recommend that plants are wrapped to protect from cold weather.
  • If this is not an option for you, then they can be grown in a large pot and moved under cover after the first frost has blackened the leaves.

When growing bananas in containers

  • Grow in a soil-based compost, such as John Innes No. 3 with extra grit added to improve drainage.
  • Container-grown plants need ample watering during spring and summer months plus a weekly feed during the spring and summer with a general-purpose liquid feed, or a controlled-release fertiliser.
  • In autumn, over winter plants in a frost-free greenhouse or conservatory and reduce watering and feeding - watering only when on the dry side in winter.

 

Aftercare Advice for your Hardy Banana Musa:

  • Pot on in spring either once a year, or every other year. Increase pot size by 5-7.5cm (2-3in) initially then once established in 30cm (10in) pots, increase size by 10-15cm (4-6 inches) every two to three years.

 

Pruning Advice for Japanese Banana

  • Little pruning is needed. Just cut away old leaves near their base and, when wrapping up plants outdoors for winter, some stems may need to be cut back.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
400 cm
250 cm
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