Kokopo Banana (Musa acuminata)

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Level up your sustainable lifestyle when you grow Kokopo banana (Musa acuminata). This is a fantastic, short-season banana plant that grows quickly. Bloom to harvest time is 5 to 6 weeks, which makes it perfect for that last-minute tropical harvest. If planted in the spring, it will produce fruit by the summer. In addition, it makes a great indoor banana plant, growing fairly thin and lightweight compared to other Musa varieties. This cultivar originates in Papua New Guinea, where almost half of the population is self-sustained. That’s a good testament to the hardiness, success, and versatility of the Kokopo banana. 

The Kokopo banana fruit is unusual in that it holds orange pulp, which is a sign of high vitamin A and beta carotene content. It can be eaten ripe, but is also a popular cooking ingredient.  The banana plant is 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. Banana plants are fast-growing, and prone to reproducing new plants through mini clones known as suckers. In well-drained soil, bananas can almost never get enough water, sunlight, and nutrients.

How to Grow Bananas

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.

Light Requirements: Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile: Yes

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

Growing Bananas, Indoors and Out!

As it turns out, that’s not the only aspect of bananas that became a common misconception: The banana plant is 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. Banana plants are fast-growing, and prone to reproducing new plants through mini clones known as suckers. With good care, bananas will fruit within the first 15-18 months of planting. Banana plants can be grown indoors as leafy houseplants, but may not produce fruit without sun exposure and nitrogen-rich soil, similar to native areas in tropical zones of Central America and Southeast Asia. In well-drained soil, bananas can almost never get enough water, sunlight, and nutrients. 

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