African Wild Banana
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One of the showiest plants for the summer garden, if fed & watered regularly this banana grows at the rate of knots during the summer getting to 4m high. It makes a spectacular specimen plant for an exotic-style garden but fruit is rarely produced. It's best grown in a large pot so that it can be moved under glass as it is frost tender and kept shaded from hot sun throughout the year.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Generally not harvested.
Soak a couple of days and then plant ensuring the pot & soil are clean. The seed should be buried lightly. Some may germinate in as little as a week or they may take a lot longer.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
This plant is grown as for it's architectural structure in tropical greenhouses/conservatories.
Purple, White, Cream
Generally disease free but can suffer from Mealy bugs
by Siyabulela Nonjinge, KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden, With additions by Yvonne Reynolds, October 2002 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)