Banana 'Ice Cream' (Musa)

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The Ice Cream banana, also known as the Blue Java banana, is highly regarded as one of the best tasting Musa varieties of all time. This is mainly in part due to the plants light vanilla, ice cream flavor, and creamy texture. The outer skin of the fruit is a beautiful blueish-green. The fruit will maintain it's amazing amazing flavor whether it is eaten raw or cooked! This species is aromatic and described as having a pleasant vanilla fragrance. 

This cultivar is cold tolerant, and easily adaptable to sub-tropical and temperate climates! It is fast growing, easily capable of reaching heights of 15-20 ft! Even if Ice Cream Banana freezes back in the winter, it will regrow as long as temperatures don't dip lower than 20 degrees.  The 'Ice Cream' Banana cultivar is well suited for containers, as long as it is over-wintered indoors. This plant is especially useful in landscaping for providing shade. It also makes a lovely and attractive ornamental, especially with the unique color of the blue banana fruits. 

    Plant Type
    Fruit Tree / Evergreen Perennial Herb

    Did you know? The banana plant is actually an evergreen perennial herb, not a tree! The large ‘trunk’ is actually a pseudostem, which is made of bulky, leafy layers that emerge and wither over time. 

    Harvest Season
    Year-round

    With good care, bananas will fruit within the first 15-18 months of planting. 

    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. Banana plants can be grown easily in containers and overwintered indoors if needed.

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

    Soil & Moisture
    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 enough water, sunlight, and nutrients. 

    Light Requirements
    Full Sun, Part Shade

    Self-Fertile
    Yes

    Growth Rate
    Fast

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

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    How to Grow Ice Cream Banana

    Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree

    Harvest Season: Within 10 - 18 months of planting

    Mature Size: 10-14 ft.

    Soil & Moisture: Rich, well-draining soil high in compost and organic matter. Needs consistent moisture during warmer months until trees are well-established.

    Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade (will not grow as quickly is in full shade)

    Zone Hardiness: 8+

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