Blood Banana (Musa acuminata var. zebrina)

Blood Banana (Musa acuminata var. zebrina)

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Musa Zebrina (aka Blood Banana) is a banana plant grown for its attractive ornamental foliage. The slender plant grows 5-8 feet and is wind and cold resistant. This banana is well adapted to container growing and can be kept at 3-5 feet tall. Musa Zebrina has beautiful multi-color foliage with green and red mottling on the top of its leaves and solid maroon coloring on the bottom. The pesudostem is solid red.

Blood Banana is easy to grow and adds an exciting pop of color to any landscape, or even as a houseplant.

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


Growth Rate: 
Fast, Very Fast

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

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

Small: 2" Peat Pots
Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

View Full Plant Size & Plantable Materials Guide 

How to Grow Blood Banana

Plant Type: Perennial Fruiting Plant/Herb, Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: Summer

Mature Size: 6 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Rich, moist, well-draining soil. They prefer acidic, mounded soil.

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11

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