12 Organic Darjeeling Banana Tree Seed-A touch of the tropics in your home. Easy to grow Banana Tree Seeds. Beautiful, deep green foliage
12 Organic Darjeeling Banana Tree Seed-A touch of the tropics in your home. Easy to grow Banana Tree Seeds. Beautiful, deep green foliage
12 Organic Darjeeling Banana Tree Seed-A touch of the tropics in your home. Easy to grow Banana Tree Seeds. Beautiful, deep green foliage

12 Organic Darjeeling Banana Tree Seed-A touch of the tropics in your home. Easy to grow Banana Tree Seeds. Beautiful, deep green foliage

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12 Organic Darjeeling Banana Seeds
Musa sikkimensis/M. hookeri
Himalayan Banana, Tibetan Banana, Khan's Banana
Description: A rare and little known large banana species, new to cultivation, that sports a massive trunk to 14 ft 18 in. in diameter, tinged with red, and purple new leaves and leaf-midribs. Here's a unique chance to grow this new hardy species of Banana, from the Himalayas. A strong and vigorous grower with tough green foliage, often flushed with ruby-red tints. Very hardy, tolerates wind and suitable for large containers or growing in the border. Many of the plants exhibit beautifully dark red mottled leaves. The Darjeeling Banana is very hardy to cold (i.e. In the sense of the Musa basjoo) coming, as it does, from mountain forests up to 600 0ft in the Himalayas of North East India. It can easily be grown in zone 4a. It is shown to have shown an excellent resistance to cold and frost. Like all bananas, it is extremely fast growing, given rich soil and an abundance of water. The fruits have a sweetish pulp but are hard and contain a few large seeds. An absolute novelty that shows great promise as an ornamental for the temperate as well as the cooler tropical garden. We think this plant that has more potential than any other cold tolerant Musa in cultivation at the moment.
Height: 15 to 20 feet outdoors; 5 to 10 feet indoors
USDA Zone: 4a to 9b outdoors, all USDA Zones indoors
Foliage: Yellowish-green in color; sheaths smudged with blackish brown, devoid of wax except on young suckers and then faint
Fruit: Sweet, 5 to 6 inches long and angled. When ripe the pulp is sweetish but there is not enough in a fruit.
Soil: Well-draining loam, will tolerate both sides of neutral. When transplanting, the soil should be amended with compost to provide the best possible nutrients for the plant.
Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.5
Sun: Full sun; but will tolerate indoor light conditions as long as the maximum amount of light is provided.
Water: Requires large amounts of water to establish, once established the tree will do sine with maintenance watering. Do not let dry out.
Propagation: Sow seeds immediately on receipt, in 1 inch deep, in pots or trays of moist seed compost. Place in a propagator or warm place, and keep at a constant temperature of between 68 to 77F. After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination can take 4 to 6 weeks and may be slow and erratic is soil is not properly prepared with compost, moisture, and warmth.
Fruit production: Banana trees will bear fruit, however, after bearing fruit, the ‘mother’ plant dies. There are suckers sprouting from the base of the plant as it matures the fruits. Remove one of the suckers (Or more0 and transplant to propagate the plant after harvesting fruits.
Habitat distribution: Native to the Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalaya regions.
Container/Indoor Planting: Yes, container must be large enough o support the tree when mature, does not like transplanting.
Discussion: When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into 3 inch pots or trays, taking care not to damage the root system. Grow on in well-lit conditions, and pot on plants as required. During summer, plants can be stood outside or planted into the border but will need frost protection in winter. Reduce watering and be aware that leaf ends may brown during winter, however this is perfectly normal. This beautiful (and cold-hardy) member of the banana family grows with weed-like abandon throughout much of the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. Along the coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest, somewhat less than weed-like behavior can be expected, though a well administered regime of fertilizer and water will put at least six feet of new growth on this species each season. Mature leaves are very attractive with a deep green color and a slightly waxy feel; juvenile leaves are often marked with streaks of reddish-maroon. True bananas, plants in the genus Musa, require full sun or partial shade. Water regularly to promote rapid growth. They should be protected from wind so the leaves don't shred. Bananas will bloom two to five years after planting. Bananas die back somewhat in cold winters but grow again in spring. They make excellent container plants to grow outdoors in summer and indoors in winter. You can move your plants in spring just before they begin active new growth. To grow bananas inside, choose dwarf varieties such as 'Jamaica Red'. To pot up your banana, use a loose, light soil mixture containing Perlite, sand and peat moss. Add the soil mix to the pot, and place the corm so there's about 3" from the outer edge of the corm to the edge of the container. Add soil so the neck of the corm is just covered and the top of the corm is exposed. Once roots begin to form, add more soil to cover the corm completely. In four to six weeks, green growth should begin to emerge from the top of the corm.

Materials: 12 Organic Darjeeling Banana Tree Seeds