Musa acuminata Dwarf Cavendish
Banana Plants add a tropical touch to any home!
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!
Musa is the most common banana plant grown in the UK. They are mostly cultivated for their impressive looks and ornamental appeal as they will very rarely see edible fruits develop - they would need months of heat and sun to ripen.
Growing pot size: 12cm
Overall plant height including growing pot: 30-35cm
How to Care for the Banana Plant
- Place this banana plant in a warm spot, with lots of bright light (it can handle some direct light).
- Provide it with some good humidity. Putting the plant on a tray with pebbles and water helps. Mist it often. A warm steamy kitchen can be the ideal location!
- Water it every time the top inch or 2 of soil has dried out slightly.
- Tropical plants like the banana plant prefer warmer environments. 18-27°C is ideal but it will survive in lower temperatures. Avoid draughts.
- During the growing season, feed it with a balanced fertiliser every fortnight.
Key Benefits - Purifying and Dust trapping
The Banana plant filters airborne toxins from the air and it's also great at collecting dust, keeping them away from your furniture’s surfaces. The perfect housemate for those with respiratory problems!
The Banana Plant Story
Mart of the Musaceae family. Although it may seem an unlikely houseplant, it’s been grown indoors since Victorian times.
Where is it from?
Originally from the Canary Islands.
Who is the Banana Plant?
Banana Plants are suckering evergreen perennials. They display big green paddle-shaped leaves. Stalk bases form a stem with colourful bracts.
Good For You!
- Pattern: Banana Plants have naturally occurring patterns that activate your alpha response putting you in a relaxer yet a wakeful state.
- Confidence: When you put effort into caring for a plant, you become more self-aware of your own wellbeing.
Is The Banana Plant The Right Plant For Me?
When we think about banana plants, we usually imagine really tall tropical trees. The Dwarf Cavendish Banana Plant, however, is a more compact version that is perfect as a houseplant!
They do well in conservatories and any room of your home as long as they are given their preferred humid temperatures.
They can be a little fussy to care for due to their delicate leaves but if you give it the attention it deserves, it will grow healthy and beautify your home!
During transit, some stems may crease slightly but they will go back to normal as soon as the plant has adapted to its new home.
Pets: Pet friendly
How tall does it grow? They can grow up to 6ft tall. You can place the young plant on a windowsill for a few years but with time, it will need extra space!
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.
*Decorative pots sold separately.