- Phil Mackie, Edinburgh The Japanese banana, Musa basjoo
, is the hardiest of the bunch.
THIS tropical banana plant is a must-have - especially as it is the hardiest and most tolerant of the variable weather conditions that British summers have to offer.
Barry Haywood had planted his Asian Musa Basjoo
tree about ten years ago without seeing fruit.
is the hardiest of the bananas but should still be considered as a tender perennial and moved to a frost-free area over winter and planted out when the frosts have passed.
DIY it Cold comfort If you've been growing exotic plants in the garden, it would be a good idea to protect them for winter - especially if you're growing tree ferns and the banana Musa basjoo
(which still needs your help, even though it has a hardy reputation).
(banana) and canna are not so tough and I recommend these be lifted and placed in a frost free environment.
2000), and Musa basjoo
lectin by our group (Wong and Ng 2006).
Michael's Welsh bananas are from an unpalatable Japanese variety called musa basjoo
and would be too full of seeds to eat.
The fruit produced by the Musa basjoo
species are usually full of seeds and have little flesh, if they ripen.
For instance, one researcher bid on a banana, Musa basjoo
(20-30cm tall in a 9cm pot) with a starting bid of pounds 3.75 from Easy Tropicals.
Hardy choices for zones 8, 9, and 14-17 (unless noted) include bougainvillea (marginal in colder areas), canna, Cordyline australis, 'Black Magic' elephant's ear (after frost, dig up tubers in all but zones 14-17; apply mulch in zones 14 and 15), ginger lily (Hedychium), honey bush, Japanese banana (Musa basjoo
), sago palm, Tasmanian tree fern.
Mike Hughes, head gardener at Durham University's Botanical Gardens, said: "There is a type of banana called musa basjoo