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Banana 'Dwarf Maoli' (Musa)

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Sow Exotic now carries the 'Dwarf Maoli' variety of Musa Banana genus plants. The Dwarf Maoli cultivar is native to Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  It is a herbaceous plant that is fast growing, capable of reaching heights up to 8 feet! The Dwarf Maoli has large, thick leaves and because of this is capable of resisting strong winds. Like most other Musa species, the Dwarf Maoli cultivar requires plenty of sunlight, and moist, well drained soil. 

What makes the Dwarf Maoli Banana so special is it's prized taste and wonderfully rich yellow-orange fruit pulp. Don't let it's name fool you, these Bananas are huge and shaped like sausages, making them perfect for cooking! The leaves are traditionally used to wrap around meat before cooking, with added spices. This imparts a great and exotic flavor to share with family and friends!   

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

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


Growth Rate

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

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How to Grow Dwarf Maoli Banana

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree, Banana 

Harvest Season: 8-14 months from planting

Mature Size: 6-8 ft. 

Soil & Moisture: Bananas like to be planted high in a mound in rich, moist, well-draining soil. Water regularly to maintain leaves and promote fruit production. 

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11. 

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