Common name: Plantain, Balbis banana, starchy banana, mealy banana, seeded apple banana, seedy banana, wild starchy banana
Height at maturity: 7 meters
Exposure: sunny to partial shade
Plant type: banana tree
Flower color: purple
Type of soil: draining, humus
Use: pot, insulated, veranda
Diseases and pests: spider mites but disease resistant
Storage of seeds: 3 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
The musa balbisiana is a banana tree which can reach, in its area of origin, the height of 7 meters or even more but a culture in pot will maintain it at a height of 1 to 2 meters. It grows in a clump in the wild, and produces lush foliage. It grows more upright than its banana cousins.
The bananas he offers are loaded with many vitamins and are edible but contain seeds. Nevertheless, the cultivation of bananas is reserved for very hot climates.
The wild banana tree is not resistant to frost and can only be exposed to it for very short periods.