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Some help for a banana newbie, please

Posted by roxannemoskal Z6 PA ( on
Thu, Jul 20, 06 at 19:40

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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RE: Some help for a banana newbie, please

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

RE: Some help for a banana newbie, please

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.

RE: Some help for a banana newbie, please

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

RE: Some help for a banana newbie, please

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!!!

RE: Some help for a banana newbie, please

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.

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