Musa basjoo 'SAKHALINE'

Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo  'SAKHALINE'
Japanese banana
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES light green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
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Another striking feature of exotic-like gardens in our climate (zone 6) are leaves of banana trees. This selection “Sakhaline” is fully hardy and was named by the largest Russian island in the North Pacific, where its origin is. Though this island is in the same climatic zone as for example China, it is rather mountainous and in some areas temperature swings from -40°C in winter to 30°C in summer. In other parts, however, it seldom drops below -12°C and reaches no more than 16°C in summer. So you can easily guess that this climate can easily be compared to our continental central-European weather giving enough reasons for the plants to live and thrive here. This banana is a perennial which sprouts from the ground every spring and reaches 1.5-2.0m (or more depending on age of the plant) during the season. It has large, paddle-shaped leaves 1m or more long, of mid green colour, forming a false trunk with a palm-like crown. It needs light and well-drained soil with plenty of humus-rich material and enough moisture. For best results it requires frequent watering and fertilizing during the season. In the autumn when the leaves are damaged by the first frost, cut off all leaves and stems and cover the area of the plant +10 cm around with a 30-40 cm high pile of dry bark mulch. Then protect 2/3 of the top with a waterproof material to prevent it from rotting in rain and snow. In the spring remove the top and mulch to let the sun warm up the ground gradually. Should the tips of the first leaves appear before the last frosts cover them with mulch for the night. It usually sprouts late – in May. In heavy and boggy soils it may suffer from fungi diseases which must be treated with a fungicide on leaves and into the soil.

Musa basjoo
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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