Musa 'Siam Ruby'

Musa ‘Siam Ruby’

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.

Description:

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.

Synonym:

Siam Red

Origin:

Papua New Guinea



Hardiness:

USDA zones 9-11, 0 °C

Care:

Soil:

Fertile and well drained

Exposure:

Sun, partial shade

Water:

Requires regular watering during growing season

Fertilizer:

Fertilize weekly with universal liquid fertilizer during growing season, monthly in winter

Temperature:

Grows better when the temperature remains at least 32 °C

Propagation:

Suckers

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