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Musa velutina (Pink banana)

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skill rating
2 hours care
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2.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Musa velutina

Other names

Pink banana

Genus

Musa Musa

Species

M. velutina - M. velutina is a tender, suckering, evergreen perennial with a slender, erect stem bearing large, paddle-shaped, mid-green leaves, flushed bronze beneath and, in summer, arching spikes of pink flowers with prominent, dark pink bracts. Flowers are followed by short, pink, inedible, banana-like fruit.


Musa velutina is: Evergreen

Habit

Suckering, Erect

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Reddish-purple, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-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

Soak seed for 24 hours and then sow at 21-24C. Separate suckers in early spring. Divided every 5 years.

Propagation methods

Seed, Division, Suckers


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Where to grow

Musa velutina (Pink banana) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light and shaded from hot sun. Water freely & feed monthly. For bedding, plant out in humus-rich soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Lift and pot up in autumn or wrap with straw and chicken wire.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Musa velutina

Other names

Pink banana

Genus

Musa Musa

Species

M. velutina - M. velutina is a tender, suckering, evergreen perennial with a slender, erect stem bearing large, paddle-shaped, mid-green leaves, flushed bronze beneath and, in summer, arching spikes of pink flowers with prominent, dark pink bracts. Flowers are followed by short, pink, inedible, banana-like fruit.

Native to

India

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Suckering, Erect

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Reddish-purple, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-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

Soak seed for 24 hours and then sow at 21-24C. Separate suckers in early spring. Divided every 5 years.

Propagation methods

Seed, Division, Suckers


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Musa velutina (Pink banana) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light and shaded from hot sun. Water freely & feed monthly. For bedding, plant out in humus-rich soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Lift and pot up in autumn or wrap with straw and chicken wire.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Musa velutina (Pink 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 velutina (Pink 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 velutina (Pink 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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