Musa velutina or Pink Banana is a dwarf banana of about 1.20 m, possibly 1.80 m.
The flowers and fruits are a strikingly pink color giving huge ornamental value to this banana. The fruits are edible and very sweet but contain a lot of small black seeds.
It will flower all year long once it is about 1 m height. Can be grown easily in a pot or in the garden with winter protection in USDA zone 8.
Produces many suckers so that after a few growing seasons a beautiful group will be formed.
Pink fruiting banana
USDA zone 8, -15 °C
Well drained and rich
Generally 1,20 m in zone 8
Sun, light, semi-shade
- sow the seeds 2 days in tepid water, change the water once or twice a day
- sow in light soil at the surface and press gently, don’t cover the seeds entirely: they need light to germinate!
- sow several seeds in 1 pot to gain place
- keep at 20-25 °C
- transplant the seedlings one by one as they germinate and when they are big enough to handle
- keep the pot with seeds: the other seeds might germinate months later
- plant in individual pot when the weather is still too cold to plant outside
- plant in the garden around early June
- needs a lot of nutrients in growing season
- water abundantly during the first growing season to establish a deep root system, afterwards watering can be reduced
- a place in the sun, light or semi-shade but protect from direct too much sunlight
- the tip of the leaves may turn brown during winter