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About Musa Velutina

Velvet Pink Banana is an interesting dwarf species of banana, growing only 4-6 ft tall. It bears somewhat waxy leaves which are quite large and can grow to 1-2 ft long. The flowers are pink to orange.

The most ornamental part of the plant is its fruits, dwarf bananas, which are a bright, velvety pink and last for months at a time. Fruits are covered with thin hairs. They are edible and quite sweet, but also full of seeds. This is o

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Flowering banana, Ornamental banana, Velvet Pink Banana. Botanical name: Musa velutina. Family: Musaceae (Banana family)
Maximum Reachable Height 1.5 to 3 m
Flower Colour Red
Difficulty Level easy

Planting and care

Pay attention to regular weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.

Musa Velutina care

Sunlight full Sun, partial shade
Watering Keep the soil moist
Soil Rich, humid
Temperature 25 deg C
Fertilizer Fertilize weekly during growing season, monthly during winter

Musa Velutina uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Used as an ornamental perennial plant that is usually grown for decorative purposes

Medicinal Use:

  • The root of the plant is also sometimes used for ayurvedic preparations

Culinary Use:

  • The male bud may be cooked or used in salads, while the leaves are often incorporated in making dressings

Frequently Asked Questions

How does banana plant reproduce?

Banana plant reproduce by various methods mainly by bulb or rhizome, sword suckers and tissue culture.

Can banana plants be grown in pots?

Yes, One can start growing dwarf varieties of Banana plant in pots having at least 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. Re pot the plant once it outgrows in the current pot. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

Why is my banana plant dying?

The main reasons of dying Banana plant are as follows 1. Due to over watering or less watering to plant. 2. Plant does not get proper sunlight. 3. Lack of nutrient. 4. Disease and pest infestation. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

Do banana plants like full sun?

Yes, Banana plant likes full sun. A direct bright sunlight for more than 6 hours a day is ideal for flower and fruit development.

How banana plant grow?

The banana plant grows from a bulb or rhizome, from these rhizomes emerges a trunk which is actually leaves wrapped around each other. New leaves grow up from the center of the trunk. A flowering stalk also emerges from the center of the trunk on which fruits will develop in around 9 months. Once the fruiting is done the trunk will die off. New plants called suckers emerge from the rhizome which can be separated from rhizome to grow into new plants.

Is banana plant a herb?

We call banana as tree but scientifically banana is herbaceous plant because it does not have any woody tissues in the stem. Banana belongs to Musaceae family.

What is a banana plant?

Banana is tropical herbaceous fruiting plant and belongs to Musaceae family. Which is known for its delicious fruits.

Why banana plant is a herb?

Banana is herbaceous plant because it does not have any woody tissues in the stem. Banana plants trunk is actually leaves wrapped around each other.

When to plant banana trees?

Banana can be planted in garden lands during January – February and November – December.

How many banana plants per acre?

Banana plant population varies according to variety and planting distance dwarf varieties are planted at distance of 1.5 x 1.5 m sq. and 1777 plants accommodates in an acre.

Where to plant banana tree as per vastu?

According to Vastu Shastra, Banana plant should be in the north-east direction.

Can banana plants grow in shade?

No, Banana plant can not grow in complete shade. It requires direct sunlight for more than 6 hours a day and for the rest of the time shade will cause no harm to plants growth.

How to plant banana tree at home?

To plant Banana plant consider the following points 1. To grow Banana plant in pot, choose a pot having of 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the 1/3 pot with well drained soil rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot. 3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil. 4. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives more than 6 hours of direct sunlight. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in indirect bright light for 3-4 days and gradually move to a location receiving direct sunlight for more than 6 hours a day. 2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water. General caring tips- Plant should get more than 6 hours of sunlight a day. Water the plant when surface soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (June-July).

Where do banana plants grow?

Banana plant can be grow in pot and garden, consider the the following points to grow banana plant 1. Sunlight- At least 6 hours of direct bright morning sunlight is required. 2.Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3.Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch.

Which part of banana plant is edible?

The raw fruits, flower and leaves are used for culinary uses and ripe fruits are consumed as desert. Note- Please consults your health advisor before application or consuming of plants or plant parts

How banana plant reproduce?

Banana plant reproduce by various methods mainly by bulb or rhizome, sword suckers and tissue culture.

Do banana plants die after fruiting?

Yes, Banana stem produces only one bunch of fruits and it will die by reproducing pups.

What to feed banana plants?

Apply any organic fertilizer during June-July for better development.

Does banana plant have flowers?

Yes, Banana plants have flowers and begin to bloom in April, May, June.

Do banana plants need a lot of water?

Yes, Banana is water loving plant.

Why banana plant leaves turn yellow?

The main reasons of yellowing of leaves are 1. Less or Over watering to banana plant. 2. No proper sunlight 3.Heavy infestation of pest and disease

Can we plant banana tree at home?

Yes, We can plant banana tree at home with proper care and management as follows 1. Sunlight- At least 6 hours of direct bright sunlight is required. 2.Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3.Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch.

Do banana plants need full sun?

Banana plant needs direct bright sunlight of more than 6 hours a day.

Where to plant banana tree at home?

You can plant a banana plant preferably outdoors, in pot or in ground at a spot receiving below growing conditions for the plant - 1. Direct bright sunlight for more than 6 hours a day preferably in morning. 2. Soil should be nutrient rich and well drained. 3. Apply Water when soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch.

When to repot banana plant?

Repot the banana plant when it is overgrown in a current pot and preferably during April - May month.

Can banana plant grow indoors?

Yes, To grow banana plant indoor consider the following points 1. Sunlight- At least 6 hours of direct bright sunlight is required. 2.Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3.Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch.

Can banana plants survive winter?

Yes, Banana plant can survive in winter but not at chilling temperature. The optimum required temperature is 25-35 degree Celsius.

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