This plant is resistant to winter and frost.
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Musa nagensium is a beautiful, slender banana with a striking dark purple-red to almost black pseudo-stem which is very waxy. The abaxial surface of the leaf has a dark red midrib and the lamina is so waxy that is nearly white. The pseudo-stem may exceed 6 m high. Produces suckers.
Musa nagensium is a beautiful, slender banana with a striking dark purple-red to almost black pseudo-stem which is very waxy.
The abaxial surface of the leaf has a dark red midrib and the lamina is so waxy that is nearly white.
The pseudo-stem may exceed 6 m high. Produces suckers. The leaf is up to 3 m long and blue-gray. The leaves are quite far from each other compared to other bananas from the Eumusa group, further adding to the slender appearance of the plant .
Inflorescence is pendulous. The bracts are oblong and lanceolate, the lower are 20-25 cm long and 10 cm wide, the top ones are 15-18 cm long, almost 8 cm wide, red outside, bright orange on the inside. Each with 18 to 20 flowers in two rows. The perianth is orange, 6 cm long, 1.3 cm wide, four-lobed, free petal ovate-lanceolate, more than 2.5 cm long, pointed.
The fruits are 13-15 cm long, petiolate, not recurved. The seeds are very big: nearly 1.3 cm long and 1 cm wide.
India, Assam, Naga mountains
Hardiness: -20 °C
Rich and well drained
Banana seeds are not easy to germinate, with germination taking weeks or months, but it is extremely rewarding to see them succeed.
Prepare the seeds by soaking in tepid, sterilised or distilled water. Using a very small amount of the saltpetre powder provided (no more than half a teaspoon per 3 litres of water) will help remove and residue from the seeds and may aide germination by removing residue from the seeds.
Soak the seeds for two days, using the saltpetre on the first day and switching to distilled/sterilised water only on the second day.
Sow seeds into sterilised compost, vermiculite or a coir/perlite mix.
Use a heated propagator or place the planted seeds in a warm airing cupboard, away from direct sunlight. A temperature of 30-35 Celsius is required.