AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. The plant is very attractive as a garden ornamental and its popularity is enhanced by its relative hardiness for a banana. Regular water is a necessity (though do not overwater) and the plant should be protected from low humidity (<25%). Grow outdoors in a sheltered site in humus-rich soil in full sun or under glass in a loam-based potting compost (JI No 3) in full light with shade from hot sun. Musa velutina. 1.5-2.5 metres, Ultimate spread musa velutina Archive 11 March. It easily reproduces by division and by seed which is to be previously scarified, in order to notch the hard and waterproof surface, or dipped for 2-3 days in water before to be planted in a sandy substratum, kept humid, at the temperature of 22-26 °C and in luminous position; the seeds may take a month or more for germinating. This banana is also known as Claret banana and Jamaican red banana. Join The color of the flesh of the fruit is light pink when ripe and taste sweet when eaten. 5-10 years, Cultivation Propagation also by rhizomes, tubers and offsets. It requires an exposition in full sun or slight shade, light soil, well drained, rich of organic substance, acidic or neutral, kept constantly humid in the warmest months, and a position sheltered from the wind as this would damage the leaves. Thanks to its speed of growth, it is, in fact, the only Musa capable to complete the life cycle, starting from the rhizome, in about 20 weeks. M. velutina is an evergreen perennial to 2.5m tall, with slender stems bearing paddle-shaped leaves and arching spikes of pink flowers with showy pink bracts in summer, followed by inedible, pink banana-like fruits, Plant range Our Botanical team are working hard to increase the number of plants with detailed information. RHS Garden Hyde Hall Spring and Orchid Show, Free entry to RHS members at selected Seed Availability. Details M. velutina is an evergreen perennial to 2.5m tall, with slender stems bearing paddle-shaped leaves and arching spikes of pink flowers with showy pink bracts in summer, followed by inedible, pink banana-like fruits After some, the genus was honoured to the Roman physician and botanist Anotnius Musa (63 BC-14 AD), after others, the name comes from the Arabic “mawzah” = banana; the name of the species is the Latin term “velutina” = velvety, derived from the Medieval Latin “velutum” = velvet, with reference to the surface of its fruits. An ornamental cultivar (actually set of cultivars) of Musa acuminata with completely red fruits and pseudostem.Its bananas are edible, taste good and do not develop seeds , but it is not common to see it in plantations.In Central America it is fairly common to find these bananas for sale, but in Spain if you want to try them, you have to buy the plant and wait for it to bear fruit. Musella lasiocarpa takes several seasons to produce a pseudostem large enough to flower, but when it does, the inflorescence lasts several months. Seeds are now available at our seed store. 222879/SC038262, If you enter just a plant name, you will see results from the old RHS Plant Finder and Selector databases. Native to India and parts of southeast Asia. The Rise and Fall of Bananas. They are: This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects. The fruits, on a short peduncle, are about 7 cm long berries, sharply truncated at the apex, of a violaceous colour, pubescent, with three or more ribs, with a white pulp where are dipped several black seeds, tubercled, flattened, of about 5 mm of diameter and 2-3 mm of width. Seeds are now available at our seed store. While not dwarf in form, this species generally remains quite small and can flower and fruit in just over a year from seed. Common names: Assam banana, baby pink banana, fuzzy banana, hairy banana, ornamental red banana, pink banana, pink-fruited banana, pink velvet banana, red Thai banana, self-peeling banana, velvet pink banana (English); bananier à fleurs roses (French); banana rosa (Italian); bananeira de jardim, bananeira ornamental (Portuguese); banano rojo, guineo rosado (Spanish); Kenia-banane (German).