Banana 'Orinoco'

Musa x paradisiaca

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa (MEW-suh) (Info)
Species: x paradisiaca (par-uh-DIS-ee-uh-ka) (Info)
Cultivar: Orinoco


Edible Fruits and Nuts

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


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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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

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Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

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

Fresno, California

Pass Christian, Mississippi

St John, Mississippi

Stilwell, Oklahoma

Lexington, South Carolina

La Feria, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 9, 2015, siege2055 from Stilwell, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This banana will bloom, and fruit in colder areas by digging up the plant in fall, storing the pseudo stems in a cool place like a crawlspace, non freezing garage, etc. without leaves, roots, soil, water, light. Then by planting out again in spring when danger of frost is over. For me it takes about 3 weeks for the plant to resume growth after planting back out. Mine store quite well for about 6 1/2 months in this way, but they do weigh 100+ pounds, something to think about before you start a banana plantation lol. There is a smaller, and lighter Dwarf Orinoco, but I like this one because of its large size in the flower garden. Orinoco have to have about 4 months of frost free temps in order for the fruit to ripen, and the plant fruits for me at about 10 feet of stem height. It is supposed... read more


On Aug 24, 2009, timrann from Other,
Mauritius wrote:

This cultivar is among the tallest growing bananas, can reach more than 7 m tall . The fruits are angular (though the name square banana)and get more than 8 inches in length and are very thick. Plant with fruits must be helped with a support, otherwise can easily fall down. The taste of the fruit is more delicate compared to other bananas.