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PlantFiles: Banana
Musa acuminata 'Raja Puri'

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Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa (MEW-suh) (Info)
Species: acuminata (ah-kew-min-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Raja Puri
Additional cultivar information: (aka Rajapuri)

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Category:
Edible Fruits and Nuts
Trees
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:
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:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Bronze-Green
Smooth-Textured
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

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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5 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive bananaman87 On Jan 9, 2013, bananaman87 from Lost Creek, TX wrote:

This is a great plant for those who want to grow bananas in colder climates.
You can get fruit if you can keep the psudeostem (main stem of the plant) above 28 or so for 16 months. Mine currently has a bunch, and is protected from cold by a quickly thrown together temporary greenhouse. Last year, I dug the plant up and left it in a cool garage over winter, and the psudeostem survived. This is also a great ornamental plant if you can't keep the stem alive, as it will resprout from the corm and provide 3-4 foot long and wide leaves that make a great tropical look. The main requirements for this plant are lots of fertilizer, FULL SUN, and lots of water (but it can't be sitting in water).
The psudeostem will get 6-8 feet tall before it fruits.
This plant is quite wind-tolerant and heat tolerant (it survives over 100 degree days) However, in high wind the leaves will be shredded, but the psudeostem will not fall down.
Please be aware that this plant is HIGHLY suceptable to Black Stigatoka, so if you have this disease in your area, you will not be able to maintain it for long. This disease is only found in more tropical climates, so most more northernly growers of this plant do not have to worry.

Also, the proper name of this plant is Musa "Rajapuri" (AAB Group) as this plant is not solely derived from M. acuminata.

Neutral KarenRei On Jul 10, 2010, KarenRei from Iowa City, IA wrote:

Eizus: No, that's the normal lifecycle of a banana. They grow from an underground stalk, called a corm. The above-ground stalk only lives to fruit; after it fruits, it dies. The plant continues on by shooting up what are known as "suckers" or "pups", which can take the place of the older parent tree when it dies. You can cut some off with a shovel and re-pot them to get new trees.

Grandpapdj: It's not fruiting because it's not getting enough light.

Positive grandpapdj On Mar 6, 2010, grandpapdj from Vernal, UT wrote:

Our Rajapuri is nearly two years old. Since we live in a zone 4/5 area it lives inside with us year-round. It is a beautiful plant that nearly touches our 8 foot ceiling. It lives in a south facing window and seems to be happy there but it hasn't fruited yet. When can we expect fruiting and is there something we an do to encourage it?

Positive CaptMicha On Sep 6, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I'm a beginner banana grower and this plant was most rewarding.

By just supplying water with fertilizer once in a while, it performs very well and grows fast.

It stands up to wind very well. I haven't noticed a lot of insect problems either.

Negative jungleboy_fl On Apr 29, 2005, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:

This hybrid is highly susceptible to one of many banana diseases plaguing South Florida and the humid tropics. Not recommended. Some have had success, but it's only a matter of time until theirs are affected as well.

Positive eizus On Jun 14, 2004, eizus from Apopka, FL wrote:

I started with one 'Rajapuri' (banana) plant, then all of a sudden I noticed a two baby plants growing 12" from the original plant. Maybe it seeded?? It is 7 yrs old, 9 feet high, leaves are 4'-6' long. It blooms in early June, harvest July. Grows under oak trees part shade/sun. Apopka, Fl area. It hardy in humid/heat/rain. Not hardy 33 degrees or below.
The plant freezes at 32 degrees. I cover the plant with sheets to protect it, but top leaves can be 9'-12' high and hard to cover. Just cover the stalk and pin the sheets around all leaves that you can. This will save the plant and you can still have bananas to harvest in spring/summer.

Positive Thaumaturgist On Jun 6, 2004, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Musa 'Rajapuri' (sometimes spelled also 'Rajahpuri') is one of the popular cold hardy bananas.

This produces an edible, good tasting banana in only 9 months, compared with 18 months for most varieties other varieties.

This reaches a height of about 6'/8', but it is twice as wide due to the gigantic green leaves.

Regional...

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

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Tuskegee, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Fresno, California
Martinez, California
Palm Springs, California
Vallejo, California
Rockledge, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Oscar, Louisiana
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Arroyo Alto, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Lost Creek, Texas
Maeser, Utah
West Richland, Washington



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