Musa acuminata ssp. sumatrana leaf

Musa acuminata ssp. sumatrana leaf

Musa acuminata ssp. sumatrana or Blood Banana was long considered a separate species, namely Musa sumatrana, but in reality it should be classified as a subspecies of Musa acuminata.

It has only a decorative value because even if its fruits are edible in theory, it is not cultivated for them .

The leaves show irregular red spots. They measure 150-180 cm long and 45 cm wide. The petiole is very thin and 30 cm long.

The stem of the flower is hairy and the flowers slightly pendulous with little ornamental value.

The plant has a rather slender appearance.

Does not tolerate frost but it is a plant which grows very rapidly and has a particular aspect with its red variegated leaves.

Synonym:

Musa sumatrana

Common name:

Blood banana

Origin:

Sumatra

Usage:

Ornamental

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10, 0 °C

Musa acuminata ssp. sumatrana

Musa acuminata ssp. sumatrana

Soil:

Very nutritious and moist



Height:

2.5 m

Propagation:

Seed
Suckers

Exposure:

Sun, light

Sowing instructions:

  • let the fruit ripen well before harvesting the seeds
  • seeds quickly lose their power of germination, so sow as soon as possible
  • stratify seeds
  • sow indoors before last frost
  • germinates easily in a damp towel
  • 25 °C
  • germination: 7 days to 6 months, depending on the freshness of the seeds

Care:

  • give plenty of water and nutrients because this is a very strong and fast grower

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