Musella lasiocarpa is a rare variety of ornamental banana from China, endemic to South West Yunnan where it grows high in the mountains up to 2500 m altitude. Chinese Yellow Banana is know for its brilliant yellow flower, not the fruit. This Banana is also known as the Golden Lotus Banana since the flower resembles a Lotus flower just before it opens. This banana also has a greater tolerance for colder climates since it orgins are in the mountains, all the way to zone 7! Foliage is a grey-green color and the stalk can get to 6 feet tall.
Sowing Instructions: Sow any time of year after soaking the seeds for 24 hours in luke warm water. Use a peat based seed compost and sow 6mm (�in) deep. After sowing, seal the seed container inside a polythene bag in order to keep the compost moist. Germination is slow and erratic and can take 1-6 months at 80F.
Growing Instructions: As each seed germinates, transfer it to a 3in pot of good free draining compost taking care not to damage the fragile roots. Pot on as required, the larger the container the larger the plant will grow.
Aftercare Instructions: Grow on in warm well lit conditions. During summer they can be stood outside or planted in the border but should be brought into well lit frost free conditions for the winter until plant is fully established. Keep moderately dry. Some discoloration of the leaf ends may occur through the winter months, but this won't harm the plant. After 2 years winterhardy plants can stay outside