Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo

Musa basjoo

"Hardy banana plant"

Musa basjoo

1 bare root — £15.90

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Description

Turn your attention to tropical treasures like Musa basjoo and your summer garden will flourish with the leafy lushness of the jungle! Musa basjoo is also known as the hardy banana plant or hardy banana tree, so if you love the look of a sub-tropical border but don’t have the climate to match, then this resilient banana palm is the one for you. It’s useful to note that Musa basjoo is a perennial plant, so don’t panic if it dies back for winter. A fresh set of huge banana leaves will start to unfurl the following spring, forming a beautiful canopy during summer. Try planting your hardy banana plants with cannas, dahlias or begonias to introduce some vibrant colour into your exotic border! 

It’s thought Musa basjoo can tolerate winter temperatures down to -15°C, although it’s a good idea to treat it like a half hardy perennial and apply a thick mulch around the base for winter to ensure it’s well protected in case of prolonged freezing spells. The banana leaves may die back for winter but Musa basjoo will enthusiastically sprout again the following spring. When these banana palms are fully mature, they might grow bananas but they are not edible ones. Musa basjoo (also known as Japanese banana) will appreciate a sheltered spot in the garden, in full sun or partial shade, and with a humus-rich soil. 

Banana leaves are used for cooking, wrapping, and food-serving in a wide range of cuisines in tropical and subtropical areas.

Key features

  • Suitable for indoors

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Needs winter protection

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Musa basjoo

  • Established height

    Up to 4.5m

  • Established spread

    Up to 3m

  • Plant spacing

    1-3 roots per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy
    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Indoors
    Large containers
    Pots
    Cottage gardens
    Kitchen gardens
    Exotic gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Humus-rich
    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Musa basjoo roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Hardy banana plant" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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