Banana &

Banana 'Manzano' Apple Banana (Musa)

Regular price $17.95
/
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Pot Size

One of our favorite banana varieties! The Apple Banana has a superb, sweet flavor and really does taste just like apples! Fruit is on the smaller size, making it perfect for snacks and smoothies.  This Musa variety is definitely a hold steady; reliable producing a heavy and strong crop.

Apple Banana (aka Manzano) is a seedless diploid that is rendered so by bearing sterile female flowers. It is not produced commercially on large scale but it is usually grown in backyards for family consumption. Its sub-acid flavor is reminiscent of a cross between an apple and a very sweet banana, which make a pleasing combination. Allow it to ripen fully before eating. The plant is quite cold hardy and will not be harmed by temperatures that are close to freezing. If frost forms on its leaves they will turn brown. The Apple Banana tree will grow 12 to 14 feet tall and is mostly green colored with just a light margin of red around the leaf.

Plant Type: 
Fruit Tree / Evergreen Perennial Herb

Did you know? The banana plant is actually an evergreen perennial fruiting herb, not a tree! The large ‘trunk’ is actually a pseudostem, which is made of bulky, leafy layers that emerge and wither over time. Banana plants are fast-growing, and prone to reproducing new plants through mini clones known as suckers.

Harvest Season: 
Year-round, but most predominantly in the warm summer months. With good care, bananas are capable of producing fruit within the first 15-18 months of planting. It will take 9-15 months before the tree starts flowering and an additional 2-6 months before the bananas are ready to be picked. 

(Expect approximately 3-6 months less time from planting to fruit for Banana plants in our XL Pot Size)

Mature Size: 
Really varies depending on variety. Some dwarf banana varieties grow only to 2-3 ft where other banana types reach up to 40 ft tall. Most banana plants can be grown easily in containers and overwintered indoors if needed. We recommend a minimum 7 gal. planter size.

Banana plants are fast-growing, and prone to reproducing new plants through mini clones known as suckers.

Soil & Moisture: 
Thrives in ample humidity!  Bananas like to be planted high on a mound in rich, moist well-drained soil, nitrogen-rich soil, and humid conditions similar to their native areas tropical and subtropical regions. In well-drained soil, bananas can almost never get too much water, sunlight, and nutrients. Water regularly to maintain leaves and promote fruit production. 

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile: 
Yes

Growth Rate: 
Fast, Very Fast

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation: 
Our bananas are grown from tissue cultures and are capable of fruiting within 1 year. 

What growers are saying

Based on 1 review Write a review
Because we are committed to reducing plastic waste and creating a more ethical plant shopping experience - almost all of our plants ship in biodegradable, plantable, or recyclable pots that can be planted right in the ground, composted, re-used or recycled!

Plantable Pots &
Plastic-Free Packaging

Spring Essentials

Garden Tools & Supplies You'll Dig

Sow Exotic has everything your garden needs to thrive, from planting to harvest, with professional garden tools to organic fertilizers and soil amendments.

Shop Growing Gear

Naturally Grown

Learn more about our all natural and organic soil blends, propagation techniques and more!

Learn More

Sustainable Shipping

Plantable Pots AND Plastic-Free Shipping! Learn more about our commitment to packaging and shipping sustainability - from biodegradable planters to compostable shipping materials.

Plastic-Free Packaging

Powered by Plant People

Team work makes the (green) dream work! Get to know the folks behind the seeds.

Meet the Team

We Think You'll Also Dig