More Information About Musa

Temperate zone gardeners love to grow tropical plants (such as Musa) because they add flair to the garden. With the increasing interest in temperate tropicality we thought it was time to increase our selection of cold hardy banana trees for sale (musa, musella and ensete). Most of the banana plants for sale here at PDN are reliable perennials in Zone 8, with some hardy into the warmer reaches of Zone 7. Our musa selections were chosen not only for cold hardiness, but also for flower, fruit, and leaf color.

As with other hardy tropicals, gardeners should plant musa outdoors before late August in climates north of Zone 8 to ensure establishment before cold weather arrives. From Zone 8 north, we recommend digging musa plants for winter storage or building a wire-constructed, leaf mulch-filled cage around the trunk. One exception to the rule is Musa basjoo, which overwinters here in Raleigh and much farther north with no mulch. The growth rate of a banana tree is phenomenal when plenty of moisture and nutrition are provided. Cold, wet soil in winter, however, can spell death for a banana plant in colder zones.

We hope you want to buy banana plants to bring a little tropicality into your perennial garden. If you see bananas forming on your musa specimen, cut the stem off before freezing weather arrives, place it in a bucket of water in the garage and the bananas will mature indoors. Why buy bananas at the grocery store when you can buy banana trees from us instead? When you are ready to buy musa (banana) trees/plants for your perennial garden, please check out our online list of cold hardy banana tree plants for sale.

Also, check out our in depth article on cold hardy bananas in our articles database.

And check out our article on how to over-winter tropical plants.

Musa basjoo – Japanese Fiber Banana

Banana plants permanently in German gardens – impossible?! However, with the Japanese Fiber Banana (Musa basjoo) it is possible. This plant is not native to the tropics, but to the Japanese island of Ryukyu, where snow and cold in winter are quite familiar. If you want to plant the Japanese Fiber Banana into the garden instead of keaping it in a flowerpot (which works fine as well!) you should do this in spring, when the soil has dried from winterly wetnes and warmed up. A well draining, loose soil rich in nutrient is of great importance. This means the soil should be rich in humus but poor in clay. Also, it should be meliorated with gravel or sand. A partly shady place with high humidity is ideal. If placed in a sunny place the Japanese Fiber Banana requires a permanently moist soil. In order to avoid that the leaves are ripped you should best choose a wind protected place. Well-rooted plants can easily reach a height from 2 up to 3.5 m within only one summer. Over the years, new saplings will grow from the roots and form an imposing thicket or even a little ‘banana forrest’. For this reason, they are often planted as a ‘tropical island in the lawn’. In Autumn, leaves will turn yellow and limp when the temperature goes down. Shortly before permafrost, you should cut the leaves off and cut the stem in a height of 50 – 80 cm. It will rot in winter and become pulpy. If you cut the stem just above the ground, putrescense could easily intrude into the roots. Knock four poles into the ground around the plant and surround them with wire netting. Fill this ‘cage’ losely (!) with 80cm of dry leaves and cover it with a perforated foil or with a bass. Leave the sides open to provide sufficient aeration and drying. Complete wrapping in foil would cause the plant to rot. As for the frost tenderness, there are various informations from all over the world. In the USA, Musa basjoo is categorised into zones 5 to 6, or zone 8 if unprotected. Since winter is not only defined by cold, but also by humidity, changing of temperature by the sun, and a lot more, we consider a categorisation into zone 7 as a good scale for Middle- and North European. In Spring, towards the end of frost period, remove the winter protection and spread some mature compost as fertiliser around the plants. Japanese Fiber Bananas will soon grow new saplings from the roots that will form a tropical eye-catcher in any garden, likewise when planted in containers, decorating your patio / balcony from Spring to Autumn or your winter garden all year round.

Quality: hardy banana for planting into the garden, exotic-tropical look with large banana leaves; robust and easy to care
Use: planted permanently into the garden (with winter protection); in pots starting from April/ May outside on balcony & terrace; all year round in greenhouse

The Japanese Fiber Banana Palm Tree – Musa Basjoo
The Musa Basjoo is a green palm-like plant and is the most cold-hardy banana species. The Japanese Fiber banana plant has been known to survive in climates as cold as southern Ontario, Canada, Central New England and the northern border states of the American Midwest, such as Michigan, Wisconsin. It is cold hardy planted in the ground to -5F and with protective mulching, down to -25F. With its banana leaves expanding to 6-8 feet in length on a plant that grows 15-20 feet in a single season, this will not go unnoticed. Even if cut to the ground during cold winters to ensure its survival, this hardiest of banana species will return undeterred, reaching up to 15-20 feet high. Its inflorescence is one of the most beautiful of all bananas. The Musa basjoo is unlikely to flower or fruit in extreme northern areas of its range, but further south, may produce ornamental flowers and small, inedible fruits. They need 9 to 15 months of frost-free conditions to produce a flower stalk. The plant has become popular with gardeners in the past ten years, due its rapid growth, tropical look, and ease of care.
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Cold Hardy Banana Tree

Grows Well Despite Cold Weather

Why Cold Hardy Banana Trees?

Big, lush beauty that gives a tropical feel to any landscape – when it comes to an instant exotic vibe, the Cold Hardy Banana Tree fits the bill. But what makes the Cold Hardy Banana, also known as the Basjoo, even better? For starters, it can:

  • Withstand winter temperatures down to -10 degree when properly mulched.
  • Grow in all 50 states, even as far North as Minnesota.
  • Give a nearly-instant tropical feeling, despite not producing fruit.

You’ll also love how easy it is to plant and care for the Basjoo. Simply sit back and watch the gorgeous growth – in the warmer months, it’ll grow 2 feet a week!

Why is Better

Your Basjoo Banana Tree arrives healthful, ready to be planted, and will put on remarkable growth the first growing season because we’ve put in meticulous work at our nursery to nurture it. And because it only grows 10 to 15 feet in height, you can plant it anywhere…even in tight spaces.

So, tropical looks that are super cold hardy and easy to grow is just a click away. Order a few of your own today!

Planting & Care

Note: Banana leaves are huge and can sometimes get crinkled in shipping. Simply remove any damaged or worn leaves to stimulate the growth of new leaves. During the growing season, you’ll see fresh new leaves appear every few days.

1. Planting: Place your Basjoo Banana plant in a warm, sunny spot that has good protection from high winds. Ample sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day) is necessary in order to encourage the giant banana leaves to reach their full growth potential, as well as well-drained soil.

When you’re ready to plant, select a site that’s large enough to support the mature size of your Basjoo Banana. Dig the hole to the depth and width necessary to accommodate the root system—typically twice as wide as and slightly deeper than the root ball. Before setting your plant, loosen any tangled roots by hand to separate them and encourage rapid growth. Gently fill the hole and tamp the soil working around the plant with your feet.

To help retain moisture, apply organic mulch around the base of the tree and water to settle the roots.

2. Watering: The Basjoo, like other Hardy Banana Trees loves moist, well-draining soil. Ensure you’re watering your Basjoo once or twice weekly – but if you’re not sure when to water, check the soil about 2 or 3 inches down…if the soil is dry here, it’s time to water.

3. Fertilizing: Like water, Basjoo requires more fertilization than the typical garden plant in order to supply key nutrients continuously throughout the growing season. A layer of compost at the base of the plant applied every 2 weeks should do the trick. We recommend a 28-8-16 water soluble fertilizer. Look for new leaf growth about every 5 to 7 days as a guide to proper application.

Tips: Place wire mesh protection around the base of your plant if animals are eating your plants. Protect leaves from shredding by providing adequate shelter from winds.

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Banana plant “Basjoo” Musa Banana tree

Plants for sale are Musa Basjoo, plants are between 4″- 24″ tall They grow fast!! Each plant is grown from tissue cultures to be a disease free exact replica of the mother plant. The Musa Basjoo Banana Tree is the world’s most cold hardy banana tree, and can be grown in all 50 states! It is hardy planted in ground to -3°F and with protective mulching it can survive temperatures reaching down to -20°F. The plant has long, slender, bright green leaves and features one of the most beautiful flowering stalks of all banana trees. The Musa Basjoo is an ideal landscape plant, adding a tropical splash wherever it appears, even in cold temperate climates. Musa Basjoo also does very well in containers and makes a good interior plant. Great disease resistance Zones 5 and up great wind resistant. Very rare specemin an all around favorite variety. Ships to the continental United States only.
banana planting care and instructions:
fertilize bananas using any type of high nitrogen organic fertilizer. Bananas are heavy feeders so we suggest that you fertilize every couple of months After your initial watering. Grow bananas in BRIGHT LIGHT. 12 hours of bright light are ideal for most varieties.
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bananas prefer Constant WARMTH this is very important – the ideal night temperature would be 67 F. The day temperatures would be in the 80s. Ideally you would have fresh circulating air. If you are in a more northern climate you may bring them during the winter. rhizome / rootball and all, remove the leaves and store the plant, dry, in a heated area over winter. To assure survival, it is easier to dig small suckers, severed very close to the parent rhizome, and pot them for overwintering indoors. Spacing should be at around 4′ this will produce a stand or patch.
Broad, long, graceful leaves and rapid growth-commonly reaching full size in just a few weeks-make banana a favorite plant for providing a tropical look to pool and patio areas. The development of bananas following a frost-free winter is a source of both pride and amazement to those unfamiliar with banana culture.
Bananas are a tropical herbaceous plant consisting of an underground corm and a trunk (pseudostem) comprised of concentric layers of leaf sheaths. At 10 to 15 months after the emergence of a new plant. There are thousands of banana varieties and species and can reach 50’tall
banana flowers appear in groups (hands) along the stem and are covered by purplish bracts which roll back and shed as the fruit stem develops. The first hands to appear contain female flowers which will develop into bananas (usually seedless in edible types). The number of hands of female flowers varies from a few to more than 10, after which numerous hands of sterile flowers appear and shed in succession, followed by numerous hands of male flowers which also shed. Generally, a bract rolls up and sheds to expose a new hand of flowers almost daily. It is recommended that bananas be planted in patches or groves, the idea is to place them together in a stand. The shade from a stamd of bananas is generally cooler than regular shade, a well placed hammock will do nicely on a hot summer day.
Pests and Diseases: Musa have few troublesome pests or diseases outside the tropics. Root rot from cold wet soil is by far the biggest killer of banana plants in our latitudes.
banana care; After fruiting, the mother plant which bore should be cut off near ground level, as it can never produce again. The old trunk will quickly decompose if cut into three or four pieces, with each piece then being split lengthwise. Use the remains in a mulch bed or compost heap.
After a major cold period in which there is no doubt that bananas were killed to the ground, cut the plants off at ground level within a couple of weeks of the freeze. Dead bananas are not very attractive and they are much easier to cut off before decomposition starts.
banana leaves can be removed after they break and hang down along the trunk.
Most bananas will produce the flower bud within 10 to 15 months of emergence as a new sucker, depending mostly on variety and extent of cool/cold weather. Most production north of the lower Rio Grande Valley occurs in the spring and summer following a particularly mild winter.
Banana propogation: Bananas can be propogated from pups which are the off shoots from mature plants. These off shoots will form new Rysomes thus creating a new plant. Bnana posses a trunk like feature which is commonly referred to as a pseudo stem or trunk. This trunk is a compulation of fiber ridden leaves that form a trunk like feature. Banana sap is a more like water than sap but will slightly stain clothes if your not careful. Some find it to be a mild irritact. Bananas are called many different names the most common names are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, banana, plantain, banano, platano, guineo, cambur, English, plantain, horse banana, platano, Musaceae, Cavendish and Musa. Florida Hill Nursery is your internet source for buying rare plants and fruit trees. Our online Plant selection ensures the best selection of internet plants available. Ceck out our wide selection of other tropical plants, subtropical plants and norther temperate climate plants. Buy 1 plant or tree and recieve free shipping on the next three plants or trees using *best way shipping. Our online selection of rainforest tropicals and fruit trees can add a piece of the tropics to your back yard, greenhouse, patio or garden.

Musa basjoo Cold Hardy Banana

Grow Musa basjoo for a tropical look to your garden.

Cold Hardy Banana Plants, the Musa basjoo, grows from the Southern U.S. all the way to the southern part of Canada. A hardy Flowering Banana plant the Musa basjoo provides a tropical plant or jungle garden feel for pool landscapes, zen gardens and also makes an excellent container plant for porches, decks, patios and sunny areas of the house.

Plant Musa basjoo in full sun for optimum growing habits, but this Cold Hardy Banana Plant will grow into partial shade. The yellow orange flowers will produce small ornamental fruits that are not edible.

Once planted in the ground, expect your Musa basjoo banana to reach 15 to 18 feet in height while container grown banana plants generally reach an 8 to 10 foot height. Plant in soil with good drainage and don’t allow the soil to dry out. Expect to provide plenty of supplemental water during the growing season, yet they don’t like damp or wet soil. During the growing season, apply a fertilizer with a high nitrogen content.

The Cold Hardy Musa basjoo Plant, also known as the Japanese Fiber Banana, grows in zones 5 to 10. Once temperatures drop to below 32 degrees, cut off plant die back and mulch heavily for winter protection in the ground. The containers holding outdoor Banana Plants should be insulated.

Banana tree

Banana tree Musa Bajoo from China, is one of the few banana species that can withstand our winters (down to -15°C),however, it will be necessary to provide a good layer of straw to protect the stumpfrom mid-December to the end of March, in these conditions he will leave each year as a perennial, from its base, in the form of sucker.

The growth of this banana tree is very fast, once installed it will easily reach a height of 3 to 4 meters in height from its second year, it develops a huge foliage certainly bringing an exotic effect to your garden.

Musa Bajoo banana tree cultivation is very conceivable in a pot of at least 10 liters and in a mixture of ordinary potting mix mixed with large gravel to constitute a well draining substrate, in summer the banana tree is greedy in water, do not hesitate to watering it frequently by providing a universal fertilizer from April to September 2x a month, it will give it a lush appearance and vigorous growth.

In the case of growing in pots, return the banana tree to a cold room from December to come out on your terrace in the spring, in which case it will keep its foliage all year round.

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