Banana plant "Ice Cream Blue Java" Musa Banana tree
Plants for sale are Musa Ice Cream banana plant or, as it is sometimes referred to, Blue Java. "4" deep pots, plants are between 4"- 24" tall "They grow fast!!". grown from tissue cultures to a disease free replica of..
or, as it is sometimes referred to, Blue Java. "4" deep pots, plants are between 4"- 24" tall "They grow fast!!". grown from tissue cultures to a disease free replica of the mother plant. Musa 'Ice Cream' - A large perennial with a very tropical look long broad leaves, huge burgundy flowers and very tasty fruit. This is one of the larger banana trees boasting a stout trunk, robust root system and leaves that can reach 18 feet tall. It produces clusters of blue green fruit, smaller than commercial varieties, with white flesh. As the name implies this banana tastes like ice cream and many believe it to be the tastiest of the backyard bananas. It is also known as Musa 'Blue Java'. Plant in full sun and give ample watering with regular applications of fertilizer from spring through summer. This is the best banana available hands down..... Ships to the continental United States only.
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Ice Cream Banana care and instructions:
Fertilize bananas using any type of high nitrogen organic fertilizer. Bananas are heavy feeders so we suggest that you fertilize every couple of months After your initial watering.
Light and Temperature Requirements
Grow bananas in BRIGHT LIGHT. 12 hours of bright light are ideal for most varieties. bananas prefer Constant WARMTH this is very important - the ideal night temperature would be 67 F. The day temperatures would be in the 80s. Ideally you would have fresh circulating air.
If you are in a more northern climate you may bring them during the winter. rhizome / rootball and all, remove the leaves and store the plant, dry, in a heated area over winter. To assure survival, it is easier to dig small suckers, severed very close to the parent rhizome, and pot them for overwintering indoors. Spacing should be at around 4' this will produce a stand or patch.
Broad, long, graceful leaves and rapid growth-commonly reaching full size in just a few weeks-make banana a favorite plant for providing a tropical look to pool and patio areas. The development of bananas following a frost-free winter is a source of both pride and amazement to those unfamiliar with banana culture.
Bananas are a tropical herbaceous plant consisting of an underground corm and a trunk (pseudostem) comprised of concentric layers of leaf sheaths. At 10 to 15 months after the emergence of a new plant. There are thousands of banana varieties and some species reach up to 50 feet in height.
Banana flowers appear in groups (hands) along the stem and are covered by purplish bracts which roll back and shed as the fruit stem develops. The first hands to appear contain female flowers which will develop into bananas (usually seedless in edible types). The number of hands of female flowers varies from a few to more than 10, after which numerous hands of sterile flowers appear and shed in succession, followed by numerous hands of male flowers which also shed. Generally, a bract rolls up and sheds to expose a new hand of flowers almost daily.
It is recommended that bananas be planted in patches or groves, the idea is to place them together in a stand. The shade from a stamd of bananas is generally cooler than regular shade, a well placed hammock will do nicely on a hot summer day.
Pests and Diseases
Musa have few troublesome pests or diseases outside the tropics. Root rot from cold wet soil is by far the biggest killer of banana plants in our latitudes.
After fruiting, the mother plant which bore should be cut off near ground level, as it can never produce again. The old trunk will quickly decompose if cut into three or four pieces, with each piece then being split lengthwise. Use the remains in a mulch bed or compost heap.
After a major cold period in which there is no doubt that bananas were killed to the ground, cut the plants off at ground level within a couple of weeks of the freeze. Dead bananas are not very attractive and they are much easier to cut off before decomposition starts. banana leaves can be removed after they break and hang down along the trunk.
Most bananas will produce the flower bud within 10 to 15 months of emergence as a new sucker, depending mostly on variety and extent of cool/cold weather. Most production north of the lower Rio Grande Valley occurs in the spring and summer following a particularly mild winter.
Bananas can be propagated from pups which are the off shoots from mature plants. These off shoots will form new Rysomes thus creating a new plant. Banana posses a trunk like feature which is commonly referred to as a pseudo stem or trunk. This trunk is composed of fiber ridden leaves that form a trunk like feature.
Banana sap is a more like water than sap but will slightly stain clothes if your not careful. Some find it to be a mild irritant.
Bananas are called many different names the most common names are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, banana, plantain, banano, platano, guineo, cambur, English, plantain, horse banana, platano, Musaceae, Cavendish and Musa.
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