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Size: Small

Mysore Banana (Musa)

Known for being a very sweet variety with a thin skin, Mysores are classified as dessert bananas. They feature short, fat fruit. They are sometimes called berry bananas for their sweet and tangy flavor.

Subtropical vigorous plant, 3-4 metre in height. Widely grown dessert banana. Easily recognised by the pinkish-purple midribs and back of young leaves. Differs from Misi Luki common in NZ. The banana of commerce in India. Short, plump, sweet-acid bottleneck fruit. Hardy in Northern NZ.

 

Plant Care  

Light

Most types of banana plants prefer to grow in full sun meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight on most days. Some varieties can scorch easily and will do better in partial shade. 

Water

Need a lot of water and plenty of moisture in the air. They do best when planted in groups fairly close together, as this helps to retain moisture in the leaves. Water regularly to make sure the soil stays evenly moist but not soggy. Avoid overwatering in winter, which can cause root rot. 

Soil

Well drained fertile soil and slightly acidic. They typically have poor tolerance for salt in the soil.

Fertilizer

Apply a balanced fertilizer regularly throughout the growing season. Also, mix compost into the soil annually to raise the level of organic matter.

Wind

Slightly sensitive to wind except for some varieties like the Edible Honduran and the Australian Hybrids.

Frost

Frost tender, except for some varieties like the Edible Honduran and the Australian Hybrid.

Fruiting

After 10-15 months of growing time