Musa nagensium is a beautiful, slender banana with a striking dark purple-red to almost black pseudostem.
Musa nagensium is a gorgeous banana plant with slender, almost black pseudo trunk.
It is frequently listed as hardy to USDA zone 7 but it does not tolerate frost and can only survive without winter protection up to USDA Zone 9.
The abaxial surface of the leaf has a dark red midrib and the lamina is so waxy that is nearly white.
The pseudo-stem may exceed 6 m high. Produces suckers. The leaf is up to 3 m long and blue-gray. The leaves are quite far from each other compared to other bananas from the Eumusa group, further adding to the slender appearance of the plant .
Inflorescence is pendulous. The bracts are oblong and lanceolate, the lower are 20-25 cm long and 10 cm wide, the top ones are 15-18 cm long, almost 8 cm wide, red outside, bright orange on the inside. Each with 18 to 20 flowers in two rows. The perianth is orange, 6 cm long, 1.3 cm wide, four-lobed, free petal ovate-lanceolate, more than 2.5 cm long, pointed.
The fruits are 13-15 cm long, petiolate, not recurved. The seeds are very big: nearly 1.3 cm long and 1 cm wide.
USDA zone 9-11
Rich and well drained
Water daily and abundantly during summer
Fertilize regularly during growing season: every 1-2 weeks, is a very fast grower
- soak the seeds 3 days in lukewarm water
- sow in a moist mix
- put the pot in a plastic bag or container to keep humidity
- 25-30 °C
- germination time: 1 month to a few months