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Musa ornata (Flowering banana)

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2 hours care
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4m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Musa ornata

Other names

Flowering banana

Genus

Musa Musa

Species

M. ornata - M. ornata is a tender evergreen perennial with large, oblong leaves and erect spikes of orange-yellow flowers with pink bracts, followed by greenish-yellow fruits in autumn.


Musa ornata is: Evergreen

Habit

Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Orange, Yellow, Pink in Summer; Yellow, Pink, Orange in Autumn

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required. Remove spent foliage and cut back in autumn if desired.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Musa ornata (Flowering banana) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in a frost-free area in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade. Protect from wind. Will need protection in winter. Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full or filtered light.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Musa ornata

Other names

Flowering banana

Genus

Musa Musa

Species

M. ornata - M. ornata is a tender evergreen perennial with large, oblong leaves and erect spikes of orange-yellow flowers with pink bracts, followed by greenish-yellow fruits in autumn.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Orange, Yellow, Pink in Summer; Yellow, Pink, Orange in Autumn

Foliage

Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required. Remove spent foliage and cut back in autumn if desired.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Musa ornata (Flowering banana) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in a frost-free area in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade. Protect from wind. Will need protection in winter. Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full or filtered light.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Musa ornata (Flowering banana)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Musa ornata (Flowering banana)

Common pest name

Stunt nematode

Scientific pest name

Tylenchorhynchus leviterminalis

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

1

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode pest mainly in Asia and Africa; could only potentially affect glasshouse crops in UK but no obvious pathway.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Musa ornata (Flowering banana)

Common pest name

Asain cotton leafworm; Cluster caterpillar; Fall armyworm; Rice cutworm; Taro caterpiller; Tobacco budworm; Tobacco caterpillar; Tobacco cutworm; Tobacco leaf caterpillar

Scientific pest name

Spodoptera litura

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest; frequently intercepted with occasional outbreaks which have been successfully eradicated in the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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