English name:Banana Plant
Latin name:Musa acuminata Dwarf Cavendish
About me:Although you're unlikely to get any fruit from me when grown indoors, my huge, beautiful, paddle-shaped leaves with burgundy or purple blotches more than make up for it!
Useful to know:
I come from the Canary Islands.
I can grow 2-3 metres in height!
Bright, indirect light suits me best but I'm partial to a bit of direct sun too.
I get thirsty quickly so water me as soon as the top level of soil is dry.
I like it on the warmer side, so no temperatures lower than 10°C please.
Feed me every few weeks with a balanced fertiliser during the spring and summer.
My leaves tear easily, even naturally while unfurling so be gentle.
I like humidity so keep me on a pebble tray, near other plants or mist me, to avoid my leaves getting damaged.
Good news: I am pet friendly!
Along with the Grand Nain variety, my Cavendish banana fruit is the most internationally traded banana since the 1950s.