Musa Basjoo Sakhalin Banana
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Musa Basjoo Sakhalin or Banana Sakhalin
There are many varieties of the Musa Basjoo Family, but Banana Sakhalin or Musa Basjoo Sakhalin has a few notable differences to its relatives. The Musa Basjoo is the hardiest of all the bananas, and the Sakhalin strain seems to be even hardier by most accounts. It also has a more compact habit and its leaves are larger than the other Musa members. This adds to its more tropical look as an extraordinary architectural plant.
Perhaps its reputation for hardiness is derived from its origin, which some claim to be the Island of Sakhalin in the North Pacific. In reality, however, it seems to have been imported from China to Russia by a man named Sakhalin; and then imported some time later into Europe as a cloning material by Jean-Luc Penninckx in 1995. Regardless, it is still considered one of the hardiest of Banana trees, tolerating temperatures to -16oC by some accounts.
While yes, the rhizomes can withstand low temperatures, the leaves of the Banana Sakhalin plant will die back at freezing or slightly below, and the pseudo stem they possess will die at -7oC. It will ask for a moderate level of care, especially if you’re growing it outdoors in the UK. If the soil remains cold and heavy in the winter, it might best be grown in pots and over-wintered under glass or indoors in a good sunny aspect. When it is grown outdoors, remove the leaves and stems as the temperature approaches freezing, and provide a heavy coating of dry bark mulch over the plant. It might a good idea to cover about 2/3 of the top of the plant with a waterproof material to discourage rot during the rainy winter season. Protection is also advised in the spring if an unexpected late frost is predicted.
The Musa Basjoo Sakhalin prefer a full sun aspect, well-drained soil, and plenty of humus so as to retain water, but not so much as to waterlog the soil. They will grow to 3-4m in height and slightly lesser of a spread in the 2-5 years it takes to reach ultimate growth. While they can potentially flower all year round, they’ll most often send their creamy white flowers toward the end of the summer. While the yellowish-green fruit may not be tasty to eat, the plants look outstanding when incorporated into a jungle-style or tropical planting as part of any garden or conservatory.
With a little bit of attention, the Banana Sakhalin will certainly add an elegant character to your garden.
Musa Basjoo Banana Tree
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