Musa acuminata ssp. sumatrana or Blood Banana was long considered a separate species, namely Musa sumatrana, but in reality it should be classified as a subspecies of Musa acuminata.
It has only a decorative value because even if its fruits are edible in theory, it is not cultivated for them .
The leaves show irregular red spots. They measure 150-180 cm long and 45 cm wide. The petiole is very thin and 30 cm long.
The stem of the flower is hairy and the flowers slightly pendulous with little ornamental value.
The plant has a rather slender appearance.
Does not tolerate frost but it is a plant which grows very rapidly and has a particular aspect with its red variegated leaves.
USDA zone 10, 0 °C
Very nutritious and moist
- let the fruit ripen well before harvesting the seeds
- seeds quickly lose their power of germination, so sow as soon as possible
- stratify seeds
- sow indoors before last frost
- germinates easily in a damp towel
- 25 °C
- germination: 7 days to 6 months, depending on the freshness of the seeds
- give plenty of water and nutrients because this is a very strong and fast grower