Musa sikkimensis ‘Red Tiger’

Musa sikkimensis ‘Red Tiger’

Musa sikkimensis ‘Red Tiger’ or Red Darjeeling Banana is a variety of Musa sikkimensis with striking red variegated leaves.

The aerial parts of the plant will die from frost but the it will grow back next Spring.

Grows very fast, suckers profusely.

Common name:

Red Darjeeling banana

Synonyms:

Musa sikkimensis ‘Manipur’, Musa sikkimensis ‘Red Flash’

Origin:

India

Hardiness:

USDA zone 8, -18 °C

Soil:

Rich and well drained

Propagation:

Seed, suckers



Exposure:

Sun or partial shade

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds 2 days in tepid water, change the water once or twice a day
  • sow in light soil
  • sow the grains together in a pot
  • 20-25°C
  • germination: 1 to 6 months
  • don’t cover the seeds entirely with soil: needs light to germinate

Propagation from suckers:

The plant produces suckers or pups which can be removed by spade, close enough to the mother plant to have a large enough part of the rhizome.

Repot:

  • transplant the seedlings on germination, when they are +5 cm and easy to handle
  • leave the other seeds in the pot as germination may be erratic, the other seeds can germinate months later
  • in individual pot if the weather is still too cold
  • outside in the garden when the weather is nice and warm

Care:

  • needs a lot of water and nutrients in the growing season
  • prefers full sun but can tolerate semi-shade

Image sources

  • Musa sikkimensis ‘Red Tiger’: Own work

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