Common name: Helen’s hybrid banana
Height at maturity: 3 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: ornamental banana
Soil type: garden soil + potting soil (50/50), peat
Watering: in summer keep permanently moist, in winter very little
Use: pot, porch, greenhouse
Diseases and pests: red spider mites, scale insects
Toxicity: edible fruits
Storage of seeds: 12 months in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
A recently discovered variety, this banana tree is certainly a hybridization of Musa chini champa and Musa sikkimensis. It produces sweet and tasty fruits that are very popular in regions near the Himalayas.
The leaves are green with a slightly purple underside.
Banana tree offering the best compromise between resistance to cold and edibility of these fruits.
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.