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Musa

Musa
Dwarf Banana

Planting:

Space 4 to 8 feet apart in the garden in full sun to light shade in a rich, moist soil that contains extra organic matter. Water regularly to keep the soil evenly moist.

For Containers: Plant in a 15- to 20-inch pot using a quality packaged potting soil. Use a water soluble fertilizer, through the summer according to label directions. Shift into larger pots as desired.


Maintenance:

In colder areas where it isn’t hardy, move indoors before the first hard freeze and grow in a sunny window as a houseplant, watering about once a week. If space is not available for a houseplant, it can be cut back close to the base and stored as a dormant plant in a cool, dark basement for the winter. Water every 5 to 6 weeks only enough to keep the soil barely damp. New plants can be started by digging and removing the offshoots that develop at the base of the plant. Once a mature stalk produces bananas, it will slowly die and can be removed by cutting it to ground level.


Zones:

Zones 9-10