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Musa sp. 'Saba' Banana
Musa sp. 'Saba' Banana
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Ships bareroot 1-2 feet in height.

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Ships bareroot 1-2 feet in height.

Musa sp. 'Saba'- This large plant is often grown just for shade in its native Philippines. It is widely grown in Indonesia and Malaysia. The overall green color suggests a sturdy quality that agrees with its cold tolerance and wind resistance. Its dual-use fruit can be cooked or eaten out-of-hand when very ripe. It does best in the landscape or in a large greenhouse. At maturity, this cultivar can form a huge base up to 24 inches in diameter.

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. 'Saba' Banana
Common Names Paw Paw Banana
Grow Zone 8
Light Conditions Full Sun,Partial Sun/Shade
PH Level 5.5-7.0
Minimum Height 17 feet
Maximum Height 21 feet
Growth Habit Fast
Bloom Period Mid Summer
Fragrant No
Best Grown In Large container
Scientific Name Musa sp.
Class Liliopsida
Family Musaceae
Genus Musa
Species x paradisiaca
Cultivar Saba
Salt Tolerance Moderate
Grow Zone 8
Grow Zones
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