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Banana plant

Discover the tropical beauty of the banana plant, also known as Musa. With its large leaves and fresh green appearance, it literally brings the jungle to your interior or garden. Why should you buy a banana tree? Discover it here!

Musa As an eye-catcher

Musa has a remarkable trunk with lush, green leaves, providing a imposing and pleasant addition to any interior. Due to the modest sizes of some species, there are a few that are excellently suited for indoors. There are also banana tree species that do well outside. These outdoor bananas tend to grow larger as well. Place your banana tree at a sunny spot, as they thrive in full sun. Good maintenance is key to ta healthy plant, so we want to provide tips to ensure your plant will flourish.

Watering a banana plant

We would like to provide you with some tips about caring for a banana plant:

  • Watering: Banana plants need regular watering, especially during warm summer days.
  • Frequency: On average, a banana plant needs water twice per week, but this can more than double during Summer. A banana with proper drainage cannot receive too much water.
  • Tools: Although optional, you can use vulcastrat or a water meter to measure and control watering.
  • Spraying: Spraying regularly, about twice per week, helps keep the air humidity up and prevents pests from taking hold of your plant.

Repotting your banana plant

We recommend repotting a banana plant after your purchase or each Spring. Spring is best suited, as that is when the roots recover significantly better. Ensure that the new container is at least 20% bigger than the previous. Use universal potting soil or palm potting soil and follow the tips mentioned above.

This is the ideal spot for a banana tree

A banana tree can be kept both indoors and outdoors. But what does the plant itself prefer? The banana plant loves sunlight, but avoid too intense direct sunlight. Let the plant adjust to direct sunlight by placing it slightly closer to the window or sun each day. Too much sunlight may cause sunburn if not acclimatised. A banana tree should receive at least 5 hours of direct sunlight, otherwise it will not produce new leaves. Banana plants are certainly suited for being kept outside as well, but keep in mind that not all banana plants are hardy. Would you like to place a banana tree outside that is somewhat ahrdy? We recommend choosing Musa basjoo, Musa sikkimensis or Musa Dajiao.

Choosing the right location for your banana plant

Whether you choose a banana plant for indoors or outdoors, ensure it receives sufficient light, but avoid burning the leaves by placing it too suddenly in too much direct sunlight. Let the plant adjust gradually to sunlight by placing it closer to the window or its new location. A minimum of 5 hours of direct sunlight is recommended for the best growth. Some banana plants are (semi) hardy and can thrive outside as well, such as Musa basjoo, Musa sikkimensis and Musa dajiao.

Banana plant species

There are various species of banana plants with each their own appearance. The best known banana species are Musa basjoo, Ensete maurelli and Musa sikkimensis. Each species has its own charm. When choosing for a banana plan, it is important to see if it is suitable for inside as well. A banana plant for outdoors can be a great addition for your garden or terrace. Read mroe about the various species and make your choice!

  • Sikkimensis: Also known as the Red Tiger due to the red stripes on the leaves. This species is hardy and robust.
  • Dajiao: literally translates to ‘large leaf’. This species is popular for its large leaves and edible plantain bananas (bananas used for cooking).
  • Basjoo: The Japanese fibre banana, famous for its relatively high hardiness and the impressive leaves.
  • Musella lasiocarpa: Also known as the Chinese lotus banana, distinguishable from other bananas by its looks, compact growth and beautiful flowers.
  • Ensete maurelli: The red banana with its beautiful leaves and fat trunk.

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