From monsoonal mountain forests in extreme eastern India on the border to Burma comes this colorful variety of the famous Darjeeling banana. While just as easy to grow and just as cold tolerant as the regular M. sikkimensis, it has a most stunning pattern to its leaves, with dark purple zebra stripes on the upper surface and a reddish purple below. The pseudostems are yellowish green.
Sikkimensis species Red Tiger are very rare and seldom offered Banana seeds. They are very easy to germinate.
This exotical beauty is winter hardy.
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