If you want to bring a little bit of the tropics indoors, the Japanese banana tree is perfect. The plant we are selling are unusual twin stem large plants ideal for indoor or outdoor growing.
The banana tree is a beautiful architectural plant with huge, green, paddle-like leaves that can each grow up to 3m long. It produces creamy yellow flowers in summer, which is often followed by yellowish-green fruit. These are not edible, 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 in the Home or Garden.
You will need to protect the herbaceous pseudostem (what appears to be a trunk but contains no wood) each winter with mulch. The tops may die out but they will regrow in the spring once the temperatures warm up. Plants in containers should be brought inside for the winter.
Banana trees do not do well in drought conditions since they need to be watered often for proper growth. They should also be fertilised several times throughout the year.
Banana plant houseplants require frequent feeding, especially during their active growth in warm weather. Therefore, you’ll want to give them a balanced soluble fertilizer each month such as our brand organic vegan plant food. Apply this evenly throughout the container.
Musa basjoo care level
These plants are not tricky to manage so are recommended if you have just a little experience of houseplants but you must be confident that you won't overwater and you have access to good light.
Where should I put this plant?
Musa basjoo can take high or direct light.
How should I water this plant?
The Musa basjoo plant likes to be watered only when the top 2 inches of soil are dry to the touch. During the summer months, you need to water regularly.
Should I feed this houseplant?
Musa basjoo can be given a liquid feed once a month during the spring and summer months. Have a look at our vegan, organic plant food! (link)
Is this houseplant suitable if I have pets?
Like most dracaena varieties, it is mildly toxic to pets. The problems with toxicity come from ingestion but it takes a large amount for symptoms to occur.
What size is this plant?
If you would like more information on caring for houseplants, please have a look at our video here