Pets & Children
30-40cm. Dwarf ornamental bananas seldom reach more than 80cm in height
How easy is it care for?
The Banana Plant, or Musa “Oriental Dwarf”, is a pet-friendly houseplant with typical paddle-shaped leaves and a fleshy stem. Cultivated bananas are hybrids of various wild species, and are grown variously for their edible fruit or ornamental foliage. Banana plants are the largest herbaceous plants in the world, and some species can grow as high as a tree, but there is no woody tissue at all, and the strength of the “trunk” is due to the tightly wound whorl of leaf sheaths. They also have a large underground rhizome – a type of creeping underground stem – that seemingly allows bananas to move across a plantation. As each plant fruits and dies back, a new plant emerges a metre or more away, giving the impression of a procession of plants. Dwarf ornamental bananas, such as “Tropicana” are bold houseplants with typical paddle-shaped leaves borne on a fleshy stem. Some leaves may have purple markings on them.
Caring for your Dracaena fragrans
The soil should be kept moist, but not wet. Bananas are very heavy water users and will need to watered quite frequently
Bananas cannot be pruned. Older leaves turn yellow and should be neatly cut off close to the stem. A sharp knife is better than secateurs or scissors
Bananas require quite large amounts of fertilizer. A solution of fertilizer should be added to the water at every watering
Pest & Diseases
Banana plants are prone to attack by aphids and mealybugs. Sciarid flies (fungus gnats) may also be a problem if the compost is kept moist, so the use of a top dressing on the surface of the compost is advised