Who doesn’t know him? The banana plant is one of the most famous jungle houseplants. Its original name is Musa. And the Musa comes in different species. There’s the Musa Dwarf Cavendish, Musa Tropicana and Musa Basjoo.
The nice tropical specimen is not only atmospheric but also very easy. In nature, the plant also lives under extreme conditions. The banana plant originates from Southeast Asia and Australia. Here the plant is really used to warm and humid temperatures, with extra sunshine.
Taking care of the banana plant
We already said it briefly. The banana plant is used to something. Since the sun in the countries of origin has a UV index of 12+, the Banana plant can stand in direct sunlight. You could even put the plant outside in the summer! Just be careful not to spoil the plant too much. 😉
Besides a lot of sunshine, the Banana plant also likes a lot of water. In summer about twice a week, and in winter once a week.
To keep the Banana plant extra strong, large and healthy, you can add some plant nutrition to the watering every two weeks from spring onwards. It will make him very happy!
Propagating the banana plant
A banana plant grows new plants directly on the trunk of the mother plant. This can cost the mother plant a lot of energy. That is why it can certainly be good, after a while, to cut the shoots.
Good to know! The propagating of a banana plant is not always successful. We recommend cutting only shoots with at least 5 leaves. In most cases, such a shoot has already developed (enough) roots.
- Banana plant
- Sharp and clean knife
- Flower pot with fresh potting soil
The propagation of a banana plant is easiest if you remove the mother plant from its pot. In this way you can remove all the soil and expose the shoots.
As soon as you have removed as much earth as possible around the shoot(s), you can grab the knife. Cut as close to the mother plant as possible. Make sure that you damage the roots as little as possible.
After cutting loose, you can put the shoot in your own flowerpot with fresh soil. Within a few weeks the roots will be so strong that you can consider the cutting as a full plant. At least be extra caring and kind to the cutting in the beginning. That can’t hurt!