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  • Eventual height: 5m
  • Eventual spread: 4m

Musa basjoo

Japanese banana

RHS award of garden merit
12cm pot £14.99
  • Position: mainly sunny, with a little midday shade
  • Soil: rich and fertile or loam based compost in pots
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowers: white flowers in bronze/red bracts
  • Hardiness: half hardy - will need protection in winter

    An extraordinary, architectural plant with huge, green, paddle-like leaves that can each grow up to 3m long. It produces creamy yellow flowers in summer, that are often followed by yellowish-green fruit. These are not tasty enough to eat, however the plants look brilliant when incorporated into a jungle-style planting scheme, and can be potted up into large pots and treated as a dynamic feature.

  • Garden care: Though the root is fairly hardy, you should apply a thick layer of mulch to protect the crown in autumn and protect the foliage with a blanket of fleece or straw. In colder areas, or where the soil remains heavy in winter, they are best grown in pots, so they can be over-wintered under glass.
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