A highly sought after banana plant. Extremely beautiful fruit as it is. You got to be the real collector of rare plants to appreciate it.
Note that this is a real banana plant that will grow into full size plant and fruit and it is not an ornamental banana.
Blue Java Bananas are known as "ice cream bananas" because they have a creamy texture and flavor that's oddly reminiscent of vanilla custard. The bananas themselves are fluffier and creamier than your typical banana.
Blue Java bananas are quite rare and are not found everywhere. They are primarily grown in the Southeast Asian region but are also quite well-known in Hawaii. These fruits are a hybrid of two other kinds of bananas, namely Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata. Interestingly enough, these bananas are cold tolerant and can grow even at temperatures below freezing point. The plant can grow vigorously in NZ conditions and relatively productive.
You only need to buy one to enjoy this rare beauty and once it takes off you will get more pups from it.
We don't have many of them so grab them now to avoid any disappointment.
Most types of bananas plants prefer to grow in full sun meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight most days. Some varieties can scorch easily and will do better in partial shade.
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.
Well drained fertile soil and slightly acidic. They typically have poor tolerance for salt in the soil.
Apply a balanced fertilizer regularly throughout the growing season. Also, mix compost into the soil annually to raise the level of organic matter.
Slightly sensitive to wind except for some varieties like the Edible Honduran and the Australian Hybrid.
Frost tender, except for some varieties like the Edible Honduran and the Australian Hybrid.