Common name: Hairy Banana, Pink Banana, Assam banana
Height at maturity: 1 meter
Exposure: partial shade
Plant type: ornamental banana
Flower color: pink, orange
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)
Dwarf banana tree, its flowers are pink to orange and its very decorative fruits; small sweet edible bananas of purple pink color. Musa velutina will also grow in an apartment.
Variety resistant to cold if well protected by a veil of growth or mulch. Do not expose to direct sunlight because its foliage is fragile and will blacken quickly causing the death of the subject.
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.