Banana Plants provide wonderful foliage as house plants. In most cases, it is the Dwarf varieties that are best suited to being grown indoors, such as this Dwarf Cavendish.
The Musa acuminata Dwarf Cavendish has enormous, paddle-shaped leaves that have a luxuriant quality. Young plants have maroon or purple blotches on their leaves which disappear as the leaf matures. They are ideal for sunrooms, conservatories and garden rooms, as these plants love lots of good light.
The Musa leaves are fragile and bruise and tear easily, often snapping under their own weight.
Light: Musa grow best in bright, indirect light, but will tolerate partial shade and some direct sun.
Water: These are thirsty plants, so you will need to water regularly. Water when the top 4-5cm of the soil has become slightly dry.
Temperature: Average to warm temperatures from 18-27°C but can cope with as low as 10°C. Avoid draughts.
Humidity: Increased humidity levels are preferred. Stand on a wet pebble tray and mist frequently. Dry conditions will damage the delicate leaves.