Hardiness: 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)
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
Seed Collecting: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
On Apr 18, 2013, CharSC92 from Charleston, SC wrote:
Hello, I just re-registered because I could not retrieve my info to get my original account back.
Anyhow I purchased 4 of these Musa Rojo (red banana plants) in containers about a week ago. I'm right on the border of 8b/9a, literally 1 mile from the other Zone and being on the ocean I think we have a microclimate, right here in my yard, which is close to the marsh (lots of reflected sun)
So, I came here looking to see what everyone said about growing this plant. I rated this as "positive" because so far I think they appear like they will do well, even though I've only had it one week. I've seen the regular green (non-variegated) banana plants growing on this street for years so, I suppose mine will do all right if I get a little more information on how to treat them..
Have been checking this web site for all kinds of information for the past year but could not get back on till I just now re-registered. So far have learned a lot over the past few months here.
All the web sites I check have different info for growing this plant. Some say "fertile" soil while others say not a heavy soil, 2 parts peat, 1 part sand and 1 part perlite (which I think I will do) I have all 4 of them located in separate areas of the yard right now to see where it will thrive the best. So far they have all grown, the one that I moved in and out of the sun did the best. I have seen on a couple of sites info saying this plant needs 12 hours of sun per day!!!! (I think that writer must have meant another kind of banana plant/tree)
I am sure our sun would burn the leaves up if I left it in 12 hours of direct sun. Also read that it is grown in the rain forests as an "understory" plant , and it does best under a taller tree getting dappled sunlight.
I realize this is an old thread but if anyone knows about this plant and wants to help me out with some more of their experience I would appreciate it! :) So far they are doing well in the containers but I think since it's already April I need to provide them a better place for the roots to spread out very soon by planting them in the ground. Maybe I will leave one in a container, only a larger one, to move around when I want to "show it off" :)
On Jun 27, 2010, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I planted several of these last year and none of them survived winter 2010. Since they're supposed to be cold hardy to zone 8a, I didn't protect them. I'm trying 2 more this year and plan to mulch them. If they don't survive in ground with protection, they are not reliably cold hardy in zone 8a and their cold hardiness zone should be changed to 8b or 9a. Plants that can't survive in ground year round should not be listed as viable in zones where they only spend time outdoors during the warm season. Thanks!
On Jul 19, 2007, Trussell from Stanfield, NC wrote:
I bought this plant because i wanted a tropical feel to my pool. I immediately had to separate it because there were 8-9 sprouts around the mother plant. I live in North Carolina, and placed the plants around the pond and pool. However it isn't growing as rapidly as I thought it would. I planted some in containers and some in the ground.
On Oct 30, 2006, Ula_Ashore from Corpus Christi, TX wrote:
When we first brought this plant home, we gave it room, sun, shade, great soil, food, love and water, but it didn't thrive. Two years later my husband and I decided to gut the patio so we bundled up our puny banana tree in a black garbage bag and placed in the front garden with no further thought. The thing took off like a weed! Now two trees over fifteen feet tall, the base sends up tiny banana trees with frightening regularity. Also, for the very first time, we have a stalk of about 30 fruits. The local nursery said the fruit aren't edible, but since no one says the fruit are poisonous, I may just have a bite to see for myself. The flowers have a wonderful, subtle scent. This banana is so gorgeous, my neighbors are clamoring for cuttings!
On Aug 18, 2006, soulbloom from Richmond, VA wrote:
I've had my 'Rojo' banana for about 3 weeks. I planted it in my garden in the front yard. I live in Zone 7a but I supposedly have a microclimate of about 8a or 8b. So far so good. This specimen stands out planted with my other flowers. Next spring I will surround it with low growing annuals.
On Jul 19, 2006, cereal_tiller from South Padre Island, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:
Our banana trees grow like weeds; they love heavy, organic feedings (I feed fish byproducts and shells from shell fish. harvested many delicious fruits sweeter than grocery store produce. The "blooms" are large and exotic.
On Oct 14, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:
Since it does not rain all summer here in the San Francisco Bay (California) area it was interesting to see a yard of these growing like a giant ground cover of 2-3 foot plants in a Berkeley yard that was not very well watered....
We live in Apopka, Florida and our banana trees are five yrs old. This plant is outside in part shade/part sun area. We have oak trees in our yard which keeps the ground fertile. I have never fertilized the banana trees, nor do I know what kind it is. They stand 7 - 8 ft only and we now have a huge bunch of bananas our two trees now, they are thin bananas about 1 1/2 inch round and 4-5 inches long, they have been out for about 2 months now, I don't know when to harvest them. I will wait a few more weeks and harvest them I guess. Also around the bottom there are five or six new plants coming up; they just reseed or shoot up by themselves.
Banana trees contain a certain enchantment about them maybe because they are a tropical not often seen in my home town of Missouri. I placed mine outside during the summer and they grew and grew. I have noticed that these trees must have a constant supply of water to keep their leaf color green. In the winter if you don't have room for them in your house, Wait until the first few frost or until the leaves turn brownish black. Chop off the top of the plant and leaves and remove from ground. Wrap bare stem and roots in newspaper and cover with a plastic bag. Place in a cool, moist, dark place above freezing. Plant again next spring and see the green leaves pop out of the dried up stem
On Aug 31, 2002, Horseshoe from Efland, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
Collect and sow seed as soon as they are ripe. Warm soil (inside)70-75*.
Can also be propagated by removing the suckers from the parent plant and potting them.
Note. Many banana "trees" will die after they've produced fruit. The stalk that has produced the fruit is usually cut away and the sucker or suckers that grow up from the base are then allowed to grow.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Kinsey, Alabama Mobile, Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama , California Camp Pendleton North, California Garden Grove, California Hayward, California Martinez, California Muscoy, California Thousand Oaks, California Boca Del Mar, Florida Campbell, Florida Carver Ranches, Florida Cutler, Florida Deltona, Florida Gainesville, Florida Jan Phyl Village, Florida Lauderdale-by-the-sea, Florida Miami Beach, Florida Palm Coast, Florida (2 reports) Paradise Heights, Florida Port Charlotte, Florida South Venice, Florida Trenton, Florida Umatilla, Florida Marietta, Georgia Midville, Georgia Richmond Hill, Georgia De Ridder, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana (2 reports) Vinton, Louisiana Violet, Louisiana Saucier, Mississippi Clemmons, North Carolina Cleveland, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Lorain, Ohio Greeneville, Tennessee Telford, Tennessee Austin, Texas Bryan, Texas Canyon Lake, Texas Cedar Park, Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Galveston, Texas Grand Prairie, Texas Hockley, Texas Houston, Texas Jacksonville, Texas Leon Valley, Texas Missouri City, Texas Richmond, Texas San Antonio, Texas Scenic Oaks, Texas Smithville, Texas South Padre Island, Texas Winnsboro, Texas Edgewood, Washington Kalama, Washington Orchards, Washington