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PlantFiles: Banana
Musa 'Gran Nain'

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

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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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

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Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

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:
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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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral okvideogal 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.

This is NOT a low maintenance plant, unless you don't care about the fruit and are just growing it for its tropical look and gorgeous leaves. It requires a lot of food and water. Also, the mother plant puts out numerous "pups" which need to be removed, as they take nourishment from the mother. One or 2 pups should be left(at different intervals) for next year's plants. The pups are attached to the base of the plant several inches beneath the soil surface so they are rather difficult to cut loose and still have a few roots attached. I killed many in the process but I didn't want a lot of new banana plants anyway.

By the way, bananas take months to ripen, especially when they form during cooler weather.

Positive jessmerritt 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.


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

Fresno, California
Apopka, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Parrish, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Harlingen, Texas

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