Musa zebrina - Plant
Common name: blood banana
Color: Cream to yellow
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: 5.00 to 6.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Soil drainage is important for bananas. To improve soil fertility and drainage before planting a banana, amend the native soil with organic matter like compost. If planting in a container, choose growing medium formulated for container plants. Garden soils are too heavy and moisture absorbing for your red banana to survive.
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Water applied too frequently will cause the roots of a red banana to rot.
- As you establish your watering routine, check soil moisture before watering.
- The soil should be mostly dry -- although not completely dry -- before watering again.
- Container plants may need to be watered more frequently than those grown in the ground.
Whether grown outdoors in the landscape or indoors as a houseplant, bananas (even dwarf cultivars) need lots of space. They are classic tropical foliage plants, which, if they fruit, produce attractive bunches of yellow bananas. Effective when grown as a garden centerpiece or for tropical flair near water bodies.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
No serious insect or disease problems.
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