With the houseplant trend continuing to grow at an incredible rate of speed, I’m delighted today to re-introduce my monthly Houseplant of the Month blog posts. And to start off the series is the wonderfully exotic banana tree!
Apparently, the Victorians gave pride of place to this tropical plant in their warm, light conservatories. And there’s now a revival in interest in having a banana tree as part of your indoor houseplant collection.
It has large paddle shaped foliage, which can reach over 1m long. And the most common varieties are Musa acuminata ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ and Musa ‘Tropicana’.
Banana trees like to be kept warm, with bright light. So, a conservatory or garden room is an ideal place for them.
Watering wise, keep the compost moist at all times. And it’s best to mist the leaves frequently. They also like to be treated with plant food once a fortnight.
I need to let you know that as a houseplant, a banana tree rarely bears fruit. But, oh my, what an incredible statement houseplant it is…so sculptural!
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)