Musa Mekong Midget
Last year I bought a "Mekong Giant Banana" plant. Since it was close to the end of the summer, I planted it in a pot on my screened in porch, here on the Mississippi gulf coast. The 12" plant seemed to fair well over the winter, although it didn't get much bigger. In April, I planted it in the yard. A couple of weeks later, it died. About 8-10 weeks ago, a leaf sprouted up. I guess the underground root system survived. I've been watering it and fertilized it a couple of times. But now, the growth seems stunted. The plant stands only about 6" tall and has been that size for weeks. It looks like a healthy little plant,, but just a miniature; like a bonsai banana or something. For reference, my Ice Cream banana ,planted at the same time, has grown to about 5'.
Does anyone have any experience with this variety? I plan to just wait it out, but I'm curious as to what to expect.
btw, I am looking forward to growing a grove of extra tall banana plants because my house sits on pilings 12' above the ground here on the coast. I'd like to see them eye level from the porch. I've read that Mekong Giant can grow up to 40' tall. I would be happy with 20'.