Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Pink Bananas - Musa velutina

This is one of the most rewarding bananas to grow. The pink banana, Musa velutina, has grown for me at an astounding rate, sprouting one leaf per week in winter and went from being a single stemmed 20cm high plant to a 2.5m, multi-stemmed flowering clump in just 6 months.

The fruits appear after the erect flower stalk emerges; they have a velvety texture to the skin and are bright pink.

When the bananas are ripe, they peel themselves - effecting inviting any nearby creature to a feast. Although the fruits are edible, they are full of small seeds and therefore eating them is quite a chore.
The inflorescence is quite attractive and would make a rather kitsch house decoration.

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