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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Expert Tip

Bring the plant out in summer for a quick shower to clean off the dust build-up on the leaves. Mist every other day to prevent brown tips from forming.
Care & Size Guidance

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.

Expert Tip

The Musa 'Dwarf Cavendish' does not enjoy being pot bound. As a result, when the plant becomes pot bound it will slow down its growth rate or stop growing altogether. Repot in larger pot as soon as the roots coming out at the bottom of the pot reach 5-10 cm.


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