Red banana (Musa acuminata)

The Musa acuminata is one of the herbs most cultivated in warm regions of the world, and not just for its ornamental value (which is quite high), but rather by its fruit is edible.

How do you have to take care of yourself to be able to savor it? What do you need to be able to grow properly? I’ll tell you about all this and more below.

Origin and characteristics

Image – Wikimedia/ Toffel

Our protagonist is a megaforbia, that is, a giant, rhizomatous herb, native to Australasia known as the Malayan banana or red banana. It reaches a height of up to 7 meters, with a pseudo-trunk about 30cm thick. The leaves are whole, lanceolate, 3 meters long by 60cm wide, and they break easily.

Its flowers are grouped in almost horizontal inflorescences, with pubescent peduncle and rachis. The fruit is a false berry with a linear or falcate shape that measures 8-13cm long by up to 3cm in diameter, and with white pulp with a sweet flavor.

It is of great economic importance, since it is one of the progenitors of the commercial banana, together with the Musa balbisiana.

What are their cares?

Image – Wikimedia/ Miya.m

If you want to have a specimen of Musa acuminata, we recommend that you take care of it as follows:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Soil: fertile, with good drainage. If it is also always somewhat damp, the better.
  • Irrigation: very frequent. It should not be treated as if it were an aquatic, but almost. It does not harm the waterlogging if it is occasional.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer it is highly recommended to add organic fertilizers, compost, guano, eggshells,… and/ or others.
  • Multiplication: by seeds and separation of shoots in spring-summer.
  • Rusticity: sensitive to cold. Grow outside all year round only if the temperature does not drop below 0 degrees.

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