Pink Banana (Musa Vulpina)

Pink Banana (Musa Vulpina)

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Pink Banana, also known as the Hairy Banana, is a tropical evergreen perennial fruiting herb in the Musaceae family, related to a wide variety of other Bananas. This cold-tolerant, dwarf variety is showy native to India, where it thrives in high humidity. The Pink Banana plant will remain evergreen in frost-free areas or die to the ground and return in spring when grown in colder regions (down to zone 8). It is commonly grown in containers with well-draining soil and thrives best when consistently moist in sandy, loamy soil. 

Blooming gorgeous creamy-yellow flowers in summer, the flowers alone are reason enough to fall in love with the Pink Banana. These blossoms mature into fruity displays of pink, peach-fuzzy bananas which are sweet and seedy with white flesh. They sure are technically edible, but tend to be more ornamental due to their mouthful of hard seeds with each bite. Many enjoy the Pink Banana for the color pop of pink in their tropical landscaping, but don’t take our word for it, try it out for yourself! We love planting the Pink Banana amongst other bananas where it adds a blushing pink contrast to the other banana varieties.

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. 

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