The Musa velutina: growing guide

The velutina muse  is a fantastic ornamental to incorporate into your garden. Just by looking at the photo you can already know if this plant of Asian origin would fit or not. As you can see, it seems that lately we have been teaching you unusual plants to try to integrate them into your space. If you want to be exclusive, find out about the pink palm tree and add it to your ornamental crops.

If we had to describe the muse velutina  in any way, we would say that it is a pink dwarf banana tree. Its interest is ornamental but it produces edible fruits. What makes it special is precisely the fact that it produces these rosy fruits that are attractive to the eye. They are actually high-growing herbaceous plants. Remember that with the  Musa basjoo what we did was add it to the category of garden trees, and we commented that we did it because of its size and the size that it acquires.


This herbaceous plant is associated with tropical crops because it is a banana tree , but it can survive low temperatures. It is necessary to provide a little protection in winter, as well as avoid direct exposure to cold wind, but its roots survive temperatures of -5º C. However, its outer stems are affected by low temperatures and growth slows from 10º C (leaves are damaged at 0º C). Regarding lighting , it is convenient to place it in a semi-shady place , for example, near large trees, fences or the house itself.


The soil needs to be well drained and fertile. Regarding the latter, we have to make a mixture with the extracted earth together with organic matter (manure, compost , etc.), which will be enough to guarantee the growth of the velutina muse . In addition, anticipating what we will discuss in the irrigation section, it needs a large amount of humidity (that is why we have said about semi-shaded areas). You can use this trick that we have commented on other times, and which consists of padding the surface around the velutina muse.


Two of the components to take into account in the cultivation of the musa velutina  are the subscriber and the irrigation. It needs constant humidity for its development and you will be in charge of providing it with constant watering, of course, without flooding the soil. It is necessary to maintain almost always the field capacity (it is an agronomic concept based on watering until almost the saturation of the soil, constantly renewing the evapotranspiration).

Musa velutina
Source: Kevin C. Nixon, Wilson Botanical Garden


The Velutina muse ,  as far as subscriber is concerned, is quite demanding . Apart from the organic matter that you will have to incorporate regularly on the banana tree, mineral deficiencies may arise that will be visually noticed by a yellowing of the leaves of the plant, denoting chlorosis. If this happens, it will be enough to incorporate some mineral fertilizer . Especially in spring, when there is more vegetative activity in the banana tree.


If we have taken an eye on this plant and want to incorporate it into our garden, we can do so through its seeds contained in the fruits. When we have them, we put the seeds submerged in boiled water for 2 days and renewing the water daily, and arrange them, as soon as possible, in a seedbed with good substrate  that you will ensure that it is always moist. Place the seeds between 2 and 3 centimeters deep and place the seedbed in a place with light and high temperature (20-25ºC). The germination , frankly, is crazy, as it does to the planting month or year. You have to be patient and check almost daily how the substrate is. No problem! let mother nature work 😉

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