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Musa 'Dwarf Orinoco'

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa (MEW-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dwarf Orinoco

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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


Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pheitmeyer On Aug 9, 2007, pheitmeyer from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Planted a small plant in late March in the west corner of the backyard (facing east). Used a big mound of miracle-gro potting soil and earthworms in raised bed. Set up on drip system for hourly watering 9 times per day, increasing the duration as it got hotter. From June - August, fertilized monthly with miracle gro all-purpose, natures' magic, and fish emulsion fertilizers and epsom salts. Now plant is huge with 2 pups. Pic uploaded on this page.

Negative Silphion On Jun 9, 2006, Silphion from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Much as I'd love to have had a good expearance with this plant I have to give this one a negitive

I purchased two bannanas from The World Plant Shop: 1 dwarf Orinoco and 1 Golden Lotus (different Genus' but similar "supposed" cold hardiness)

Both plants had the last 3 months of summer 05 to get used to thier Z8b south facing microclimate and while the Lotus bannana promptly came up in 06 the Orinoco did not. When I called the World Plant Shop I discovered that they kept thier Orinoco's in greenhouses over the winter and could not confirm the plants ability to overwinter. We are approaching mid-June and I must assume that the Orinoco did not make it. I would like to postulate that this hybrid is not as cold hearty as advertised. BTW, yes I mulched and provided the same protection for both bannanas, and promptly removed the mulch once the temps got warm enough...I would be interested to hear from those who have overwintered the Dwarf Orinoco and what methods they used.

Positive Flowerkid On Jan 30, 2006, Flowerkid from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

As a dwarf, this plant fares better in windy areas than its taller version, but may need help supporting heavy heads of fruit. It is cold-hardy to Zone 7, and features wider-than-usual leaves, especially for its smaller size. It is a good grower, and will fill in a space for you lickety-split!

Neutral stressbaby On Jan 28, 2006, stressbaby from Fulton, MO wrote:

Suitable for greenhouse culture but somewhat more prone to mites than DC.


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

Mesa, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Capitola, California
Fresno, California
Martinez, California
Lilburn, Georgia
Raceland, Louisiana
Centreville, Maryland
Houston, Texas
Rowlett, Texas

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