• Musa basjoo inflorescence
  • Musa basjoo - another glorious day in Tropical Britain...
  • Musa basjoo - 8m tall after just 3 years
  • Musa basjoo - inflorescence
    Musa basjoo - foliage
    Musa basjoo - fruit
    Musa basjoo - a lovely bunch of bananas, unfortunately not edible
    Musa basjoo - in the snow
    Musa basjoo - in the snow : In a very sheltered position the pseudostems can survive unprotected through the winter
    Musa basjoo - in the snow - Trachycarpus fortunei in the background
    Musa basjoo - within the plantation
    Musa basjoo
    Musa basjoo
    Musa basjoo - inflorescence and flowers
    Musa basjoo - inflorescence and flowers
    Musa basjoo
    Musa basjoo
    Musa basjoo
    Musa basjoo

Musa basjoo

Hardy Banana, Japanese Banana, Japanese Fibre banana
Size: ex 2L pots

Availability: Sold Out

£19.99

Quick Overview

  • Hardy banana
  • Very fast growing
  • Luxuriant jungle foliage
  • Interesting exotic flower

Description

The hardiest of the bananas, Musa basjoo is also very quick growing and - with its enormous, sail-sized foliage giving a luxuriant sense of lush jungle or the relaxed air of a colonial plantation - is an essential requirement for the Tropical British style. Surviving even the harshest winters (the winter of 2010-11 saw temperatures drop in most areas to between -10°C and -14°C), Musa basjoo is such a wonderful plant, it is surprising perhaps, that it isn't seen cultivated more often. All that it really requires is a little extra attention in the autumn months, particularly in its first two years, to prepare it safely for winter. Its foliage, like that of Cannas and Colocasias, is cut down by the first frosts and this is nothing to be concerned about. The parts of the plant you should be looking to protect are the roots and the thick pseudostem. There are a number of ways to do this - a thick mulching with straw, hay or leaves around the roots, topped perhaps with bubblewrap or horticultural fleece and likewise the pseudostems can be wrapped in any dry insulating material: straw wrapped with fleece is ideal. Insulating the pseudostems ensures the plant already has some height from which to refoliate again. In the spring, as the weather warms up again, it bursts once again into life, new leaves emerging from the old trunks and new growth sprouting from its base. A small Musa basjoo planted in the spring and protected through its first two winters in this manner is perfectly capable of reaching 20 feet in its third year, after which it will already be a large multi-stemmed clump. Depending upon your location and the adjacent microclimate, it may not need much further winter protection - if any at all - in the following years although it is always a wise precaution.

Keep it well watered during the summer heat and fed with extra nitrogen to sustain those massive jungle-look leaves and it will eventually reward you with its huge and indescribably exotic-looking inflorescence. This extraordinary structure, a bulging pendulous mass of bracts, tepals, stigmas and stamens dangles down from above you from its thick and curiously-suggestive knobbly rachis like the flaccid member of some well-hung botanical horse. Small somewhat insignificant fruit bracts form from behind the base of the flower but they are - unfortunately - not edible.

Once thought to have been native to the Ryukyu islands of Japan, it is now understood to have been introduced there from China where it is found wild in Sichuan province.

An utterly indispensible plant for that tropical look.

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Lovely healthy looking plant Review by Christine
So well packaged and healthy looking banana plant
Looking forward to growing plant (Posted on 19/08/2020)
good communication , Happy plant Review by Frances
I ordered the plant just before a holiday and sent an e mail to ask about delivery. John rang to suggest they delivered at a date I'd be home and also offered advice on where to plant a ginger I'd also ordered. The plant was really well packed , planted immediately and has shot away in one week. No sign of trauma from journey. My first plant internet order. Very Happy ! (Posted on 20/06/2019)
Healthy plant Review by Chris
Really healthy plant with a good root system. (Posted on 20/08/2016)
Good quality Review by Susie
A good quality plant, although small I am sure with all this British rain will soon flourish (Posted on 19/06/2016)
Thankyou Review by Julie
Thankyou for this. A really good plant, was surprised it was so large & in a 3 litre pot. Arrived in time for Xmas. Really pleased! (Posted on 02/01/2014)

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Musa basjoo

Hardy Banana, Japanese Banana, Japanese Fibre banana
Size: ex 2L pots

Availability: Sold Out

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