Musa siamensis

Musa siamensis

Musa siamensis or Thai Gold Banana is a quite recent discovery: it was discovered in the east of Thailand in 2002, soon exported to the West and was first described by Häkkinen, M. & R. H. Wallace in “Folia Malaysiana” in 2007.

It is related to Musa rosea by a similar growth and numerous suckers which grow far from the parent plant, up to 50 cm.

Musa siamensis is, like most musa’s, easy to grow: give it lots of water and fertilizer and it will reward you with a rapid growth. It can be grown both indoors and outdoors in the garden. A thick layer of mulch should protect it from colder temperatures but you can also grow it in a pot and bring it inside for the winter.

Description:

The pseudo-stem measures 1.5 m, it is green and slender.

The leaves can be up to 1 m long and 30 cm wide. They are green and shiny, the petiole is up to 30 cm long.

The inflorescence is erect, 30-35 cm long, the bracts are pale yellow.

The fruit measures 7 cm long, 1.5 cm in diameter. It is green when mature and yellow when ripe.

Seeds are dull black, irregularly indented and 4 mm in diameter.

Usage:

Ornamental

Nomenclature:

Common name:

Thai Gold Banana

Etymology:

Musa: from the Greek mousa (banana)
Siamensis: New Latin for “from Siam, Siamese”

Origin:

Thailand



Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9-11, -5 °C
This is a quite recently commercialized species, exact figures about hardiness are not quite sure yet.

Care:

Soil:

Nutritious and well drained

Exposure:

Sun, partial, shade

Water:

Needs plenty of water during growing season

Feed:

Fertilize weekly with universal liquid fertilizer during growing season

Temperature:

In USDA zone 8 or colder it is probably best to treat as an orangerie plant: outside during summer and indoors during winter.

Propagation:

Seed, suckers

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds for 1-2 days in tepid water
  • sow in a light substrate
  • moisten
  • maintain a constant temperature between 20-25 °C
  • germination: a few weeks to a few months
  • repot when the seedlings or plants are big enough to handle

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