Banana 'Blue Java' (Musa acuminata × balbisiana)

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The Blue Java Banana, also known as the Ice Cream Banana, is an exotic fruit variety renowned for its unique blue-tinged peel and creamy texture that remarkably resembles vanilla ice cream in flavor. This unusual banana cultivar is a hybrid of the wild Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana species, and it thrives in the humid, tropical regions, particularly in Hawaii and parts of Southeast Asia where it is both cultivated and highly prized.

The plant itself is a robust, fast-growing perennial that can reach heights of 15 to 20 feet. Its leaves are broad and long, capable of growing several feet in length, providing a striking visual with their lush green coloration. The distinctive blue hue of the bananas is most noticeable before they fully ripen. As they mature, the bananas transition to a pale yellow, making them easier to distinguish from their common yellow cousins.

The Blue Java Banana's flesh is soft and sweet, with a texture and flavor that have been likened to ice cream, making them a favorite for eating fresh as well as a popular ingredient in desserts. Beyond its culinary appeal, the Blue Java Banana is also valued for its hardiness. It is more cold-tolerant compared to other banana varieties, making it a suitable option for growers in less tropical climates that wish to cultivate a taste of the tropics. This cold tolerance extends the range where the Blue Java Banana can be successfully grown, allowing for a broader cultivation range and making it an attractive option for enthusiasts in cooler regions.

    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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    6 reviews
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      Iris
      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 out of 5 stars
      1 year ago
      Great!

      I received my banana at the end of April and finally chose a spot and dug it’s hole about 2 weeks later. It had about 2 leaves on arrival and despite a slightly disturbed start (squirrels kept on digging the soil around the base and pulled down two of the lower leaves - thankfully, it grew a few more leaves while waiting for me), it’s growing fast averaging one new leaf a week! It’s now approaching 6 feet tall roughly 4 months later and I’m so happy! Hopefully, it will continue thriving and start producing fruit next year.

    • K
      Kaylee
      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 out of 5 stars
      2 years ago
      Yay!

      I am super pumped about my cute little banana plant! Communication on the company end was a little rough BUT it’s just because the wrong email is placed on the website. Once I got the right email everything worked out. Beyond excited about my cute little plant- it arrived happy! 🌱

    • L
      Lesley
      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 out of 5 stars
      3 years ago
      Happy little plants.

      They all looked great. They arrived packed into their travel pods very nicely. I am so happy to say that in just 1 week the banana has put out two new leaves 😊

    • SF
      Stacy F.
      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 out of 5 stars
      4 years ago
      Excellent Quality!

      This was my first time ordering plants online which I was nervous about. The plant shipped and arrived quickly, very well packed. It was a really healthy seedling and I immediately put it in a pot. That was the last week of March. Already two weeks later the plant is taking off and growing like a weed!! I’m very pleased with my purchase and excited to watch this baby grow!

    • AK
      Aleta K.
      I recommend this product
      Rated 5 out of 5 stars
      5 years ago
      Plants look happy and healthy! Thanks

      Plants look happy and healthy! Thanks

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