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Musa (Ornamental Banana)

Ornamental Bananas are native of tropical and subtropical woods throughout Asia. They are vigorous, fast-growing species with tropical, large leaves and long-lasting colorful inflorescences and fruits in several species. The smaller bananas from montane regions in the Himalayas are excellently grown as container plants and some very cold hardy species may be even planted out to the garden in Central Europe (e.g. Musa basjoo and Musa sikkimensis). All are easily grown in any humus-rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot, and a winter minimum of some 15°C with reduced watering. Cold hardy species require a thick insulating winter protection in the garden in a fertile, free-draining, humus-rich soil.
Prior to sowing scarify seed (e.g. carefully scratch the seed coat with fine sandpaper) and soak them in luke warm water for some 48h. Sow in a humus- rich, sandy soil, keep pots only slightly moist at a minimum of some 22°C (optimal 27°C) throughout the year. Germination in this genus is very irregular and may start after some two months, whereas the last seeds may need some six months until the first leaves are developed. All our Musa seeds are harvested from our own grown plants. We do not import any seeds as these are usually not viable anymore.
7 seeds per package.
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Musa bauensis

Musa bauensis

5 (7)m, a still rarely known and cultivated, medium tall species from northwestern Borneo (Sarawak, Malaysia) with partly reddish tinged and spotted, rather thin pseudostems and ornamental lush foliage. Under good conditions it will reach flowering size within 2 years after sowing. For us (grown in the open ground in a subtropical climate) it flowered within 14 months. Plants are self-fertile, though only few miniature bananas will be produced. Fruits have a typical banana-smell at maturity but are inedible due to numerous black seeds and few fruit pulp only. Easily grown in any rich soil with sufficient moisture. In winter keep at a minimum of 15°C. VIII-II.

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seed package9527 € 2,49
Musa mannii (Indian Dwarf Banana)

Musa mannii (Indian Dwarf Banana)

100 (150)cm, Indian Dwarf Banana is a most ornamental and one of the smallest banana species. It is native in Assam, India and bears an upright hold to nodding inflorescence with bright pink bracts which are followed by decorative mini-bananas. For any humus rich, very well drained soil in a partially shaded (summer) to sunny (winter) spot. Keep plants drier in winter at a minimum of some 15°C. VI-VII.

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seed package0243 € 4,99
Musa ornata (Ornamental Pink Banana)

Musa ornata (Ornamental Pink Banana)

200 (350)cm, Ornamental Pink Banana is a most decorative species with bright pink (or rarely orange) bracts in its uprigh hold inflorescence and very long, narrow leaves, which may gain up to 200cm in length. The fruits turn greenish yellow when ripe and contain several black seeds. For any humus rich, very well drained soil in a partially shaded (summer) to sunny (winter) spot. Keep plants drier in winter at a minimum of some 15°C. VI-VII.

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seed package (purple flower)8918 € 4,99
(purple flower)
Musa thompsonii (Thompson's Banana)

Musa thompsonii (Thompson's Banana)

3 (4)m, Thompson's Banana is a medium tall species from the Himalayas in northeastern India to Bhutan. It makes a slender pseudostem, large leaves and short violet-maroon fruits. Fruits are palatable, however they are inedible due to numerous hard seeds. Easily grown in any rich soil with sufficient moisture. In winter keep very sunny and at a minimum of some 15°C. VIII-II.

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seed package0213 € 3,99
Musa velutina (Velvet Pink Banana)

Musa velutina (Velvet Pink Banana)

100 (150)cm, Velvet Pink Banana is a most ornamental dwarf banana from India and has bright pink bracts and intense pink fruits, which are densely covered with smooth short hairs. On maturitly fruits split open and expose black seeds embedded in white fruit pulp. Plants flower and fruit even if grown in a container. For any humus rich, very well drained soil in a partially shaded (summer) to sunny (winter) spot. Keep plants drier in winter at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VII.

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seed package3425 € 3,99
seed package