Planting a large and spectacular Abyssinian banana plant (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’) with beautiful plum-tinged foliage, he explains how to prepare the soil, what size hole to dig, and how to position it to best effect. Grow Musa in full sun to partial shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot. Join This herbaceous plant can be grown indoors and outdoors, if the necessary growth conditions are provided, and the plant is properly taken care of. Brown edges suggest a lack of water or humidity. Height 2m (6½ft). Suitable for container cultivation. Container-grown plants need ample watering during spring and summer months. In a conservatory or greenhouse, Musa lasiocarpa, M. ornata, M. veluntina, M. acuminata ‘Dwarf Cavendish’, ‘Orinoco’ and ‘Rajapuri’, are likely to flower and may fruit once established. The size of dwarf … Hardier species, such as Musa basjoo, can be left in situ over winter, and it is generally recommended to wrap plants to protect from cold weather. In autumn, reduce watering and feeding, watering only when on the dry side in winter. They may also successfully flower outdoors in favoured locations. Musa is the most commonly grown banana plant in the UK. The foliage is fairly wind-resistant. Most plants will benefit from a spring trim, to tidy ravaged leaves. Die-back of the crown is usually due to cold damage, but may also be due to rot encouraged by excessive moisture. Quite hardy and wind-resistant. See our advice in overwintering tender plants: wrapping for further information, and step-by-step instructions on wrapping a banana. Although they are tender plants, some species are hardy enough to leave outside over winter, especially in the milder parts of the UK, so they are worth experimenting with in the garden. Grow banana plants in full sun to partial shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot. Smaller banana species make ideal container plants, which can be placed outdoors for the summer and brought indoors over winter. Free UK mainland Delivery. He also explains how to look after banana plants over winter, and suggest a more hardy option (Musa basjoo) that you could use instead: Cover the base of your Musa plant with a thick mulch in autumn to protect the roots from cold and wet over winter. Height: about 1.5m (5ft). Grow banana plants in full sun to partial shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot. While grown for its dramatic, enormous leaves, you may be lucky to see fruits develop, although these are rarely edible in the UK – they need months of heat and sun to ripen. Musa itinerans ‘Yunnan’: Slender stems and wide arching, blue-green leaves. Although it will produce small bananas in maturity this plant is usually grown as an attractive architectural plant. Tender plants should be brought in when temperatures fall below 14ºC (57ºF) and overwintered in a frost-free greenhouse or conservatory. Cold, sun scorch and hail also damage foliage. Height under 2m (6½ft). Or grow in a large container that you can move indoors during the winter months. Hardy Banana or Musa Basjoo. If you’re growing Musa in a conservatory or greenhouse, look out for mealybug and red spider mite. Feeding with a high-potassium fertiliser may help. With the arrival of the winter season many of us are spending more time indoors, so why not brighten up your home and purify the air with a range of wonderful and architecturally interesting indoor plants. In Britain it may not produce much fruit, but the banana tree's glorious foliage more than makes up for it, says Monty Don Monty Don reveals the benefits of growing … Height 2.4m (8ft). In this clip from Gardeners’ World, Monty Don makes a big new addition to his Jewel Garden at Longmeadow. Erect, narrowly oblong leaves to 3m in length, with red midrib beneath. Garden plants are usually grown for their ornamental foliage. 222879/SC038262, File one side of the seeds lightly and soak in warm water for 24 hours, Sow individually, 1cm (3/8in) deep, in pots of seed compost, Place in a warm location, at a temperature of 21-24ºC (70-75ºF). Without protection, the cold weather will decimate them and they’ll have to grow from scratch in spring. Receive perfectly portioned snacks delivered straight to your door, Subscribe to BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and receive 12 issues for only £39.99 - saving 39%. Once established in 30cm (10in) pots, increase size by 10-15cm (4-6 inches) every two to three years. Ensete Maurelli, Musa 'Tropicana', Musella Lasiocarpa and Musa Sikkimensis. Bananas need a long and sunny growing period of some nine to 15 months, with temperatures above 15°C (60ºF) to fruit, with an optimum temperature of 27°C (81ºF), followed by a further two to four months for the fruit to ripen. You can propagate by sowing seed or dividing plants. Increase pot size by 5-7.5cm (2-3in) initially. Most Musa species produce offsets or suckers, which may develop into fruiting stems under suitable conditions. Rare and highly sought after, Hyacinth 'Midnight Mystic'® is the first and original black hyacinth. Height 3-4m (10-13ft). *Valid on standard one-day tickets only, transaction fee applies. In spring, dig down to the rhizome and detach the sucker carefully, with as many roots as possible. The extremely decorative foliage will add a totally new perspective Save 30 per cent on Sunday tickets* for BBC Gardeners' World Live 2021. Find out all you need to know about growing Musa, in this detailed Grow Guide. Ensete ventricosum AGM: Can be grown outdoors in frost-free areas. Common pests include mealybug and red spider mite. Musa ornata AGM: Attractive flowers and may produce inedible fruits. Just cut away old leaves near their base and, when wrapping up plants outdoors for winter, some stems will need to be cut back.