Also know as Japanese Hardy Banana Plant, M. basjoo is a suckering evergreen perennial to 5m tall, with arching lance-shaped leaves to 3m long and 0.5m wide, and drooping terminal spikes of cream flowers in summer when developed, sometimes followed by inedible green fruits to 6cm long.
It is hardy to -2C, but will appreciate being wrapped up in thick fleece through cold winters. This will also encourage fast regrowth for spring in the UK.
The Plant originates from parentage at the Eden Project, Cornwall.
Musa Basjoo (Hardy Japanese Banana)
For banana cultivation under glass grow in loam-based potting compost (JI No.3) in full light with shade from hot sun; repot every other year, in spring. In warmer parts of the country for outdoors grow in a sheltered position in humus-rich well-drained soil in full sun
Propagate by seed as soon as ripe at 21-24°C (70-75°F); presoak spring sown seed for 24 hours. Separate suckers in early spring, removing older leaves or divide established clumps every five years
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Wall-side Borders Patio & Container Plants
Glasshouse red spider mite, mealybugs and aphids can be troublesome under glass
Generally trouble free