Banana
Musa 'Dwarf Orinoco'

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

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Mesa, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Capitola, California

Fresno, California

Martinez, California

Lilburn, Georgia

Raceland, Louisiana

Centreville, Maryland

Houston, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
1
negative
RatingContent
Positive

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

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 provi... read more

Positive

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

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

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