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The leaves of the Musa Siam Ruby are beautiful red and have small green spots. The more sun, the more intense the color.
ABOUT THIS ORNAMENTAL FLOWERING BANANA PLANT
Siam Ruby Banana Tree (musa sp) – Transcendent – Siam Ruby is truly unique among the banana varieties! Reminiscent of fan paddles the leaves emerge with muted tones that develop into deep maroon/burgundy with splatters of brilliant green. Unlike other bananas this unique coloration is consistent from pseudostem to leaf tip. This outrageously small stature plant adds a tropical accent to any patio porch or garden.
The growth rate of Siam Ruby will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A few leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
WHY YOU NEED ORNAMENTAL BANANAS IN YOUR LANDSCAPE
Bananas are easy to grow plants with lush foliage and an unmistakably tropical appearance. Highly versatile in the landscape and in the kitchen, ornamental bananas come in a large variety of flower colors and sizes allowing you to select the plant that is right for your location. In addition to creating the ultimate tropical garden appearance, bananas can contribute to your culinary adventures. The entire plant can be utilized for a variety of recipes. The obvious is the tasty ripe fruit, the flower is often enjoyed steamed or battered and deep fried and leaves are excellent for wrapping and roasting meats, rice and vegetables instead of using foil or parchment on the grill.
At any time you can get a fresh start. Bananas are clump forming plants often producing 3-5 off-sets per year. If your stand has suffered wind damage or you simply want to clean it up, this can easily be done with a large sharp kitchen knife and without the need for garden tools. If your stand is getting too large or you simply want to get a fresh start, simply cut all stalks off at ground level, the plant will then regenerate with new offsets.
BANANA PLANT CARE
Banana plants are easy to grow, tropical flowering plants that produce multiple hands of delicious fruit. Bananas will happily grow, flower and fruit in a pot or in-ground. They add the ultimate tropical accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In cooler zones a containerized banana plant can be relocated indoors for the winter months.
When you receive your new banana plant, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location, simply keep moist. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new banana plant.
All banana varieties grow very well in containers, indoors or on the patio. Smaller varieties grow best indoors in 12″ to 18″ diameter pots while larger varieties need enough room for growth, generally a 18″ to 36″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your banana will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.
Siam Ruby Banana plants enjoy a well drained, general potting mix easily found at your local box store. Remember try to stay away from arid or wet, mucky soils.
Bananas are heavy feeders, to help establish your new Siam Ruby Banana Plant, fertilize ten inches away from the base, four times annually with a slow time released product. Unfertilized they will tend to grow at a slower pace. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the banana. Its best to use a brand you know and trust.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 8a-11, find your zone here. This banana plant requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is often best. In the northern end of their grow zone, containerized Siam Ruby Banana Plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. In-ground plants require heavy mulching and often die-back, allowing the plant to regenerate and send up fresh, new plants in the spring. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before winter.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
At the nursery these bananas are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this banana in a brightly lit area you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
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