Musella lasiocarpa Yunnan Dwarf Banana - 5pcs seeds/packet
Musella lasiocarpa is an exciting banana relative that comes from high altitudes (to a frosty 2800 m (9200 ft.) !) in Yunnan Province in China.
The maximum height of the plant is only about 1.5 m (5 ft.), half of which is a very stout, conical trunk, which is then topped by a crown of handsome, slightly glaucous, broad leaves.
From early age, the rhizome produces many suckers. The inflorescence, which is big and bright yellow, appears in its second year, and grows upright at the top of the trunk.
As the inflorescence grows in size, tiny bananas begin to appear under each bract, which curls back to reveal the fruits. Unfortunately inedible, the two-inch-long bananas each contain dozens of small, shiny, jet black seeds. The seed requires cool stratification (about 5°C (41°F)) but then germinates easily, and subsequent seedling growth is, as you might expect, very fast. Musella appreciates heavy watering and feeding and a place in full sun. It will flourish in all climates from cool tropical down to temperate, where it will be found to be root hardy, enduring even cold winters with its underground rhizome, just like the well known "Hardy Banana," Musa basjoo. It also makes a perfect conservatory plant, and will be a true conversation piece that certainly will not outgrow its location.