Musa ‘Siam Ruby’ grows in the wild in Indonesia but seems to have originated in Papua New Guinea according to research. It would be a wild subspecies of Musa acuminata.
It is not resistant to frost, but with its beautiful leaves, it is a nice addition to the garden.
The leaves are paddle-shaped, dark ruby color with yellow-green spots and, in rare cases, white and pink. The leaves are usually at a slightly higher angle than most species of Musa.
Flowering occurs after 9-18 months. The fruits are sweet and contain sterile or not very fertile seeds.
It grows up to 2.5-3 m high and produces suckers.
Papua New Guinea
USDA zones 9-11, 0 °C
Fertile and well drained
Sun, partial shade
Requires regular watering during growing season
Fertilize weekly with universal liquid fertilizer during growing season, monthly in winter
Grows better when the temperature remains at least 32 °C
- Musa ‘Siam Ruby’: Megan Hansen