Dwarf Banana
Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Namwah'

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa (MEW-suh) (Info)
Species: acuminata (ah-kew-min-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dwarf Namwah

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Fresno, California

Vallejo, California

Pinellas Park, Florida

Charleston, South Carolina

Cibolo, Texas

La Feria, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 8, 2007, HedychiumGuy from Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I bought a 'Dwarf Namwah' banana plant back in February. It had one leaf at the time, and I was unsure if it would survive.

As the weather grew warmer, I noticed a new leaf had suddenly appeared. The leaf appeared literally overnight! I could not believe how fast the leaf came out.

Now the plant is very healthy and has several leaves, with a new one pushing out every other week or so. The plant seems to be growing more slowly now, but that may be a result of the offshoot that has appeared.

The leaves are a soft, almost bluish green. The undersides are coated with a silvery powder that rubs off when touched.

'Dwarf Namwah' is easy to grow, and does very well in containers. Try it in a large container with rich soil.