A rare and little known large banana species, new to cultivation, that sports a massive pseudo-trunk to 14ft tall and 18in. in diam., tinged with red, and purple new leaves and leaf-midribs. A percentage of plants even exhibits beautifully dark red mottled leaves. The Darjeeling Banana is very hardy to cold (i.e. in the sense of Musa basjoo) coming, as it does, from montane forests up to 6000ft in the Himalayas of NE-India. First trials outdoors in the US, Britain, Germany and Switzerland have shown an excellent resistance to cold and frost. Like all bananas, it is extremely fast growing, given rich soil and an abundance of water. The fruits have a sweetish pulp but are hard and contain a few large seeds. An absolute novelty that shows great promise as an ornamental for the temperate as well as the cooler tropical garden. We think this plant that has more potential than any other cold tolerant Musa in cultivation at the moment
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 (¼in) 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