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The Musa acuminata is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history, even older than rice, and for good reason. This miniature banana plant can produce full-sized bananas. The particular cultivar we chose is named ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ due to its diminutive stature, but it is otherwise equal to its bigger cousins. In fact, it is one of the main sources of the bananas we enjoy today!
Originally from South-East Asia, the Musa acuminata has spread across the globe thanks to its popularity and usefulness. Though used to a tropical climate, banana plants are suitable for indoor environments and can also endure high light intensity. Next to bananas, this fecund plant also produces lovely flowers so we expect them to remain one of the world’s favourites for a long time to come.
Though Musa acuminata originates in South-East Asia, its value to humans has seen it spread across the world. As a pioneer species, bananas are often the first to colonise newly-disturbed areas (where a tree has fallen or a fire has raged) and are thus able to resist relatively high light intensities and grow rapidly.
Despite its ability to take advantage of holes in the canopy, even a banana plant will suffer if it is in direct light for too long. Keep your Musa at a short distance from south-facing windows. It is also used to plentiful rainfall and must be watered frequently. A spray to mimic SE Asia’s humidity also does it a great deal of good.
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