Some help for a banana newbie, please

roxannemoskal(Z6 PA)July 20, 2006

Can someone please positivly ID my plant? It was marked as a Cavendish, but I cannot find a picture that looks like mine. Also, I have read here that bananas are heavy feeders, how much and what kind of fertilizer should I use? I lost my first Basjoo over winter, I mulched it and we had a very mild winter, I don't know what happened so I will be bringing in both of my plants, what do I need to do when I bring them in????? Thanks for any info. The pictures are at


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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

Looks more like a Rojo or maybe a High color mini - too much color for a Dwarf Cav.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2006 at 10:57PM
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sandy0225(z5 Indiana)

are the back sides of the leaf red or green? it could be a sumatrana X gran nain cross, a zebrina if it has red leaf backs.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2006 at 9:55AM
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mrbungalow(Z8, SW-Norway)

This is most likely a cavendish type banana, the most common banana-plant in the trade. I have recently heard there is a dwarf cavendish-type, that has been selected for the indoor housplant market, tolerating lower light levels. If you bought it at home depot or similar large chain, chances are this could be it.

I have seen this striking black colour on many young dwarf cavendish specimens. The plant tends to go all green as it gets older/bigger. In fact, many banana-plant cultivars do the same thing, such as musa sikkimensis. When sikkimensis leaves exceed 6 feet long, they tend to be all green.

The link is from "The Musacea", and shows a nursery growing ornamental Dwarf Cavendish.

Here is a link that might be useful: Commercial production of Dwarf Cavendish as Houseplants

    Bookmark   July 26, 2006 at 9:21AM
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roxannemoskal(Z6 PA)

I think pitangadiego and mrbungalow have it right, looks like a hi color cavendish but could be just a young one that will grow out of it's color. Check out this pic
The underneath is green not red. I got it at a regular greenhouse, but it was promoted as an ornamental. I love it no matter what. I hope that it bears fruit someday, since my Basjoo won't.
Thanks everyone!!!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2006 at 10:56PM
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sandy0225(z5 Indiana)

That's good news for you if your banana leaves are green on the backside, and you're wanting fruit.
Most of the zebrinas and their cousins that produce non-edible bananas have red backs. So you have something most likely edible.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 7:27AM
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