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Musa ornata AGM

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© Janet Cubey & Wolfgang Bopp 2000

Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Suckering

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

Orange, Pink and Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Green and Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

flowering banana

Family

Musaceae


Musa are suckering evergreen perennials with very large, paddle-shaped leaves whose stalk-bases form a false stem, and clusters of tubular flowers with colourful bracts, followed by edible cylindrical fruits

M. ornata is a robust evergreen perennial to 4m in height, with oblong leaves to 2m in length, and erect spikes of orange-yellow flowers with pink bracts, followed by greenish-yellow fruits

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in humus-rich soil in full sun. Will need protection over winter. Place in sheltered area as the wind tends to shred leaves. Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, separate suckers or by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Coastal or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required, but remove spent foliage and cutting back in autumn may be needed

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite, mealybugs and aphids under glass

Diseases

Generally disease free