Musa acuminata ‘Dwarf Cavendish’
Canary banana, Chinese banana
Musa ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ is the most commonly grown indoor banana. It enjoys the full title of Musa acuminata (AAA Group) ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ (F).
The biggest challenge, other than remembering the full scientific name of the otherwise called ‘Canary Banana’, is to get it to produce its sweet, firm edible bananas – though it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility!
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Care & Size Guidance
The plant can be kept outdoors in summer, albeit in a sunny sheltered spot.
Any multipurpose compost would do, but it’s preferable to use an mix designed for indoor plants. Feed with full strength balanced organic fertiliser, as indicated on the product label.
As a tropical plant, the Musa much prefers a hot spot in the sun. The ideal temperature for the Musa would be a stable 20 degrees throughout the year. There are not many who would object to that.