Common name: Cheesman Banana, Plaintain, Plantain Banana
Height at maturity: 4 meters
Plant type: ornamental banana
Soil type: rich, peat
Watering: in summer keep permanently moist, in winter very little
Use: pot, porch, greenhouse
Diseases and pests: red spider mites, scale insects
Toxicity: not determined
Storage of seeds: 12 months in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
A large, vigorous wild banana native to northeastern India. The pseudostems are densely clustered, have a dark red-brown color, with a waxy white bloom towards the stems and leaves. The leaves are glossy green above with a pale midrib, and gray below with a conspicuous purple-brown midrib.
Banana trees are very greedy, the use of a 20+20+20+OE type fertilizer (in garden centers) is recommended.
Cultivation of banana trees in apartments:
Growing banana plants indoors often causes the plant to die because the air is too dry.
One technique is to grow your banana tree on a tray filled with vermiculite (available on the site) or pozzolan and a few pieces of charcoal. Add water to moisten everything well. Place your banana trees on it. Add water when the vermiculite dries out on the surface.
The heat of the apartment will cause a slow evaporation and will thus create a tropical micro climate without damaging your furniture.