The Musa Dajiao is a cross between Musa Sikkimensis and Musa Balbisiana. Huge exotic sail-like leaves, slightly firmer than those of the Musa Basjoo are lush green in colour with a whitish bloom on their undersides giving instant impact and a sense of the jungle.
Capable of producing edible bananas, but the plant does not bloom until at least 2 years old so the plant must be kept frost free over winter allowing growth all year for this to happen. The bananas can be eaten fresh or used in cooking. In China this variety of Banana is cultivated especially for its fruit.
Fast growing and easy to grow just water and feed generously during the growing season. Relatively root hardy it can be left in the garden, mulched and wrapped or dug up and stored dry in winter.
Best kept sheltered from strong winds to avoid the leaves shredding.
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Latin Name: Musa Dajiao.
Common Name: Musa Sikkimensis x Musa Balbisiana.
Native: Mediterranean Europe.
Hardiness: Root hardy down to -7 degrees. Leaves will die back at -2 degrees. Main stem will need protection above ground.
Growth: Very fast growing. Huge exotic paddle-shaped leaves, slightly firmer than Musa Basjoo, lush green in colour with a whitish bloom on the undersides. Easy to grow. 'Da means big and 'Jiao' means banana. Can produce edible bananas if kept frost free over winter and allowed to bloom.
Sun: Full sun/partial shade.
Soil: Well drained soil.
Moisture: Water well in summer.
Feed: Feed weekly in the growing season with high nitrogen feed.
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