What every Musa needs to thrive

Varieties:
Banana Tree 'Dwarf Cavendish'
Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish'
Musa 'Dwarf Cavendish'

What The Plant Needs

Welcome Home

When your Musa arrives home, be patient and give it time to acclimatise to its new surroundings. Give it gentle attention; find a well-lit spot, mist the leaves, and water if the soil feels dry.

After a week or so your Musa will start to feel at home, and start to shine.

Position

Your Musa will thrive in a bright position that gets plenty of morning or late-afternoon sunlight.

It's a good idea to place your Musa in a spot where it gets consistent light and warmth - like most houseplants, they will appreciate things staying the same and routine.

Keep them out of the midday sun, as this can scorch the leaves. And too much sun will cause the leaves to fold.

Your Musa will prefer average to warm temperatures from 18-27°C but can cope with as low as 10°C.

In winter don't be tempted to move your Musa closer to a radiator, keep your Musa away from radiators and cold draughts as they cause stress to houseplants.

In the summer months when it's hot, keep a close eye on your Musa. Wilting could mean they need more water, brown leaf edges could mean it's getting too much sun.

Watering

A Musa is a thirsty plant. Check the top 5cm of soil with your finger - if it comes out dry, it's time to water.

The best thing you can give it is distilled water or rainwater, your Musa will thank you for it.

Don't leave the plant standing in water, so make sure the water can drain away.

It's a good idea to check the soil more often in summer when the weather is warmer, as your Musa might need a little more water than in the cold winter months.

Musa are from humid environments, so in addition to their regular watering regime to stop their leaves drying out they will benefit from being misted with water.

Another way to increase the humidity (for those of us who are more forgetful), is to place the plant on top of a tray of moist pebbles.

Feeding

Musa will benefit from being fed with a general houseplant fertiliser, as these tend to be nitrogen-rich and will keep the leaves green and lush.

Feed every 2 weeks in spring, summer and autumn when the Musa is in its growth phase.

In winter, these plants will go dormant and won't grow, so there's no need to feed.

Diseases & Pests

Houseplant pests are a common cause of plant issues, particularly in the warmer months.

It's a good idea to check the leaves every now and again to be on the look out for small insects on your plants.

Yellowing or browning leaves can sometimes be signs of pests, disease, nutrient issues, or watering issues.

In particular, root rot can affect Musa if you are over-watering them

When in doubt, contact us at Sproutl with a photograph of the problem so we can help you.

Maintenance

You should expect Musa leaves to split, this is a natural feature of the plant and nothing to worry about.

To keep your Musa looking its very best, remove the lower leaves as they become brown, discoloured and die back. Simply cut the leaf off where the leaf stem meets the stalk, and always use sharp, clean tools to avoid the spread of disease.

When cutting particularly thick leaves, make two notches: one at the top and one at the bottom. This will prevent the stalk of the Musa from being damaged as you remove the leaf.

Musa plants like their roots to have space, so if the roots are very compact within the pot it probably needs repotting (ideally in spring).

Choose a pot that's slightly larger than its current home, with drainage holes so that water can drain easily.

If you're re-potting directly into a decorative pot that has a drainage hole, don't forget a saucer, or simply use a nursery pot which then is placed inside the decorative pot or basket which can be easily emptied of excess water.

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