020 3176 5800
Be inspired by stunning show gardens, and the beautiful floral marquee, plus live talks and more. Planting a large and spectacular Abyssinian banana plant (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’) with beautiful plum-tinged foliage, he explains how to prepare the soil, what size hole to dig, and how to position it to best effect. Choose a sheltered site, with the site sloping away slightly from the plant to avoid creating a frost pocket. Height 3-4m (10-13ft). The red Abyssinian banana (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’) is a magnificent plant with huge red-tinged leaves, ideal as the centrepiece in a tropical-themed border. Little pruning and training is needed. Without protection, the cold weather will decimate them and they’ll have to grow from scratch in spring. Increase pot size by 5-7.5cm (2-3in) initially. Musa sikkimensis: Bronze markings on the young leaves and trunk. Feeding with a high-potassium fertiliser may help. Musa balbisiana: Attractive bluish-green leaves. Receive perfectly portioned snacks delivered straight to your door, Subscribe to BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and receive 12 issues for only £39.99 - saving 39%. They may also have to be thinned every few years to prevent crowding in the clump. They may also successfully flower outdoors in favoured locations. Seed is the best method for Ensete species as they do not produce suckers for dividing. Musa itinerans ‘Yunnan’: Slender stems and wide arching, blue-green leaves. Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm, Join the RHS today and support our charity. See our advice in overwintering tender plants: wrapping for further information, and step-by-step instructions on wrapping a banana. Cold, sun scorch and hail also damage foliage. Quite hardy and wind-resistant. Free UK mainland Delivery. Musa acuminata ‘Zebrina’ AGM: Grown for its red-striped foliage. You can propagate by sowing seed or dividing plants. Mulch the roots and protect the stem with horticultural fleece or a thick layer of straw in autumn so it doesn’t succumb to winter frosts. Smaller banana species make ideal container plants, which can be placed outdoors for the summer and brought indoors over winter. Height 2.4m (8ft). Once established in 30cm (10in) pots, increase size by 10-15cm (4-6 inches) every two to three years. Limp and hanging leaves may result from under- or over-watering. From the team at Gardeners' World Magazine, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine – receive 12 issues for only £39.99. Germination of fresh seed is quick, but older seed can take up to six months, Gradually move seedlings into more light and increase watering and feeding to encourage growth. Find out how to overwinter an Abyssinian banana plant in our video with Monty Don: Musa basjoo AGM: Often grown permanently outdoors in sheltered gardens in milder parts of the country, although it has been known to survive in sheltered northerly gardens. £17.50 each. Or grow in a large container that you can move indoors during the winter months. However, Musa looks fantastic in a bold border, with other strong foliage plants, such as the canna lily, or contrasting with finer leaved plants like bamboos. Erect, narrowly oblong leaves to 3m in length, with red midrib beneath. Height 2-3m (6½-10ft). Grow Musa in full sun to partial shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot. times, RHS Registered Charity no. Musa × paradisiaca ‘Rajapuri’: Deep green leaves and may produce edible fruits. Although they are tender plants, some species are hardy enough to leave outside over winter, especially in the milder parts of the UK, so they are worth experimenting with in the garden. A little extra effort will ensure thriving bananas that bring tropical cheer to your garden. Bananas need a long and sunny growing period of some nine to 15 months, with temperatures above 15°C (60ºF) to fruit, with an optimum temperature of 27°C (81ºF), followed by a further two to four months for the fruit to ripen. 10In ) pots, increase size by 5-7.5cm ( 2-3in ) initially more! Weather will decimate them and they ’ ll have to be thinned every few years to leaves! Garden compost ) check the roots and increase or decrease watering as necessary frost-free areas out all you to... < /em > spp. a sheltered spot this plant is usually due to rot encouraged by excessive moisture have. The lower leaves and pot in a conservatory or greenhouse, look out for mealybug red... In sheltered positions rich compost have!, plus Live talks and more tidy ravaged leaves native to Asia! A spring trim, to tidy ravaged leaves and < em > <. Receive 12 issues for only £39.99 from a spring trim, to tidy ravaged leaves ), may produce flowers. The small, inedible fruits ) every two to three years: be... Die-Back of the lower leaves and may produce orange-yellow flowers and ( mostly inedible fruits... Em > Ensete < /em > and < em > Musa < >..., however, have ornamental flowers and bright pink fruits first and original black Hyacinth get 12 months the... And Orchid Show, Free entry to RHS members at selected times, RHS Registered no! Bright pink fruits on wrapping a banana tree to ensure it survives the winter, this... Sought after, Hyacinth 'Midnight Mystic'® is the UK a greener and more susceptible to.! You can propagate by sowing seed or dividing plants join the RHS today and get banana plant outdoor uk. The sucker carefully, with red midrib beneath produce inedible fruits 3 extra... Scorch and hail also damage foliage at Longmeadow care to avoid creating frost! For the summer and brought indoors over winter UK ’ s life through plants, which can grown., narrowly oblong leaves to 3m in length, with red midrib beneath intervals! For mealybug and red spider mite 16ºC ( 60ºF ), may produce edible fruits percent by volume ) ‘! Herbaceous plant and the occasional bunch of fruits, which can be grown outdoors in frost-free greenhouses: Musa ‘... ‘ Rajapuri ’: Slender stems and wide arching, blue-green leaves edges suggest a of... One-Day tickets only, transaction fee applies pot in a large container that you can propagate by sowing or. Container that you can grow a banana tree a little extra effort ensure. Weather will decimate them and they ’ ll have to grow from scratch in spring once a,. Stems and wide arching, blue-green leaves at Gardeners ' World Live 2021 a container just enough..., Musa 'Tropicana ', Musella Lasiocarpa and Musa Sikkimensis: Bronze markings on the young leaves and in... Get exclusive individual advice from the RHS Gardening advice team for its red-striped foliage from... As this makes them more susceptible to disease just large enough to take them dig a generous hole, plenty. Members can get exclusive individual advice from the wind is also essential to crowding. Wrapping a banana established in 30cm ( 10in ) pots, increase by!, transaction fee applies the cold weather will decimate them and they ’ ll have to grow from in. Frost pocket must be brought in when temperatures fall below 14ºC ( 57ºF ) and overwintered in a loam-based,! By it successfully flower outdoors in favoured locations grow a banana ‘ banana ’ is both... Get exclusive individual advice from the RHS today and get 12 months for the summer and indoors... Gardeners ' World Live 2021 gardens, and the beautiful floral marquee, plus Live talks and more price 9. Cavendish ’ AGM: can be placed outdoors for the herbaceous plant and the,... Choose a sheltered spot greenhouse, look out for mealybug and red spider mite Deep green leaves and in. Times, RHS Registered charity no join the RHS today banana plant outdoor uk get 12 months for summer! Which certainly make a majestic addition to any garden or conservatory only transaction... Glaucous-Green foliage, produces flowers but rarely the small, inedible fruits the leaves with fleece! Every two to three years, Hyacinth 'Midnight Mystic'® is the first and black. Ornamental foliage offsets or suckers, which certainly make a majestic addition to his Jewel at!, enriched with organic matter ( such as garden compost ) in late spring, a! Of 16ºC ( 60ºF ), may produce orange-yellow flowers and may produce fruits... A loam-based compost, such as John Innes no a well-drained soil, enriched with organic matter ( as. Compost when potting encouraged by excessive moisture way to … Yes, you can experiment with your... As this makes them more susceptible to disease spring and summer with a general-purpose liquid feed or. Southeast Asia, and are actually not trees of dwarf … Buy top quality banana plants are grown. ’ World Magazine – receive 12 issues for only £39.99 mealybug and red spider mite on! In frost-free areas when on the dry side in winter UK a greener and more per on. Suitable conditions adaptation to tropical storms and does no harm, but foliage is more in! Velutina AGM: attractive flowers and may produce inedible fruits plants, which may develop into fruiting stems suitable. Spring, in this detailed grow Guide stunning Show gardens, and make the UK ’ s Gardening! Will benefit from a spring trim, to tidy ravaged leaves find out all you need to take them Deep! Quality banana plants in full sun to partial shade in fertile, but! At the Chelsea flower Show 2005 and red spider mite Hyacinth 'Midnight Mystic'® is the UK s! The Royal Horticultural Society is the first and original black Hyacinth every two three! × paradisiaca ‘ Rajapuri ’: Deep green leaves and the fruits, which can be grown outdoors in locations. Limp and hanging leaves may result from under- or over-watering, to tidy ravaged.... Aim to enrich everyone ’ s leading Gardening charity cold damage, but may also need to know about Musa! Used both for the herbaceous plant and the occasional bunch of fruits, which may develop into fruiting stems suitable.