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Musa sp. 'Ice Cream' (Blue Java) Banana
Musa sp. 'Ice Cream' (Blue Java) Banana
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Ships in 10 inch nursery pot 24-30 inches in height.


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Ships in 10 inch nursery pot 24-30 inches in height.


Musa sp. 'Ice Cream' 'Blue Java'- A great banana for many reasons. Many consider this the best tasting of all bananas and compare its flavor to that vanilla custard or ice cream. The skins are an odd, silvery-blue sheen and ripen to a pale canary-yellow color. A bit tall, but otherwise well suited to the home garden and the greenhouse. May be a bit large for containers. A very popular banana variety.

Bananas are a versatile plant in any landscape. Bananas can add a lush, tropical look to any area. Although everyone knows the fruit, few people have experience growing the plant. Bananas are suitable for all climates given the appropriate care. They have large, exotic tropical leaves and can grow from a few feet tall to nearly 40 feet (12m), depending on the variety. The fruits are delicious ripe from the plant or can be shipped great distances; some varieties must be cooked before eaten. Other varieties are strictly ornamental. Banana plants are fast growing, generally putting out one new leaf once a week. Banana plants can either form clumps by suckering or they can remain solitary, like the popular Ensete maurelii. Banana leaves, pseudostem (trunk) and fruiting stem (raceme) grow from the underground rhizome (or pseudo bulb's) top surface and the roots grow from the lower surface of the rhizome. The fleshy stems sheathed with huge broad leaves can grow from 2 to 35 feet in as little as 1 year, depending on variety and growing environment. Each pseudostem produces one flower cluster, which develops fruit, then dies. In addition each parent banana plant during its life cycle, will produce as many as 10 suckers which grow into new plants. New pseudostems then grow from the rhizome. Bananas grow best in a uniformly warm environment and need 9 to 15 months of frost-free conditions to produce a flower stalk. In the subtropics, fruit ripens in 2-3 months. In cooler climates it may take several weeks longer to ripen. Plant growth stops when temperatures drop to 57 degrees F. Stokes Tropicals Banana Blend (6-2-12) is the best fertilizer source for these fascinating tropical giants.

Name Musa sp. 'Ice Cream' (Blue Java) Banana
Common Names Ice cream banana
Grow Zone 8
Light Conditions Full Sun,Partial Sun/Shade
Water Requirements Regularly
PH Level 5.5-7.0
Minimum Height 10 feet
Maximum Height 15 feet
Growth Habit Fast
Bloom Period Mid Summer
Bloom Color Silvery
Fragrant No
Best Grown In Large container, Tall screens
Scientific Name Musa sp.
Class Liliopsida
Family Musaceae
Genus Musa
Species Musa
Cultivar Blue Java
Salt Tolerance Moderate
Grow Zone 8
Grow Zones
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