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Banana 'Mona Lisa' (Musa acuminata)

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The Mona Lisa is a great performing banana variety that produces sweet fruit with a pleasant and mild flavor.  These banana trees are very hardy, disease resistant, heat tolerant, and fast-growing. Aesthetically excellent, deliciously useful, incredibly healthy!

Bananas are loaded with nutrients including, vitamins (C, B6, A), manganese, potassium, fiber, protein, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, iron, and niacin.  And growing them is very easy!

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
Year-round

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

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Fast

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

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How to Grow Mona Lisa Banana

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: Within 10 to 18 months of planting

Mature Size: 10-14 ft. Very fast growing.

Soil & Moisture: Rich, well-draining soil high in compost and organic matter. Needs consistent moisture during warmer months until trees are well-established.

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade (will not grow as quickly is in full shade)

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