Banana
Musa 'Gran Nain'

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa (MEW-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gran Nain

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Variegated

Burgundy

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

This plant is monocarpic

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Fresno, California

Apopka, Florida

Navarre, Florida

Palm Harbor, Florida

Parrish, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Harlingen, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 22, 2015, okvideogal from Palm Harbor, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

(Zone: northern 10a) I purchased a large plant from our local nursery in early summer. I used a lot of composted manure when planting and the plant had huge, beautiful green leaves throughout the summer through early winter. In late September I was amazed to find banana blossoms with little bananas forming!

There are some negatives, though. If they are not shielded from the wind, the huge leaves will shred. Also, during the winter, the temps got down to 36 degrees at night on two occasions, causing the banana leaves to get brown on the tips and edges (though new leaves are fine.) Browned leaves can be removed but not until new good leaves have opened. Once the banana tree fruits, it dies and looks quite ugly until it is cut down.

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On Jun 12, 2005, jessmerritt from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Dwarf banana that has the best of both worlds. It has beautiful ornamental foliage and produces edible fruit. It only grows about 8-10 feet tall and is suitable for pot culture. I have mine in a pot and it summers outdoors and comes inside for the winter. Takes lots of water and is a heavy feeder. The main plant will produce fruit and then die, but leave behind pups for next year's crop. The fruit is seedless. I didn't know this until I tried to collect some, couldn't find any, and then researched it online.