What Is Musa Plant?
Musa, popularly known as Banana, is one of the most well-known fruits in the world, owing to its sweetness and nutritional values.
The Musa plant, belonging to the family of Musaceae, originates from South-East Asia and Australia, as it grows ideally in tropical conditions.
As time passed, it is grown in many tropical and sub-tropical regions like Hong Kong. It also comes in about 70 different known species.
Did you know? All parts of the plant are non-toxic, making them palatable for consumption to humans and pets.
Types of Musa Plant Found in Hong Kong
Again, there is a variety of Musa plants, up to 70, that can be found.
In Hong Kong, you can mostly find these two major varieties:
Dwarf Variegated: Grows about four feet tall with stunning green and white leaves, rendering a great decorative value.
Dwarf Cavendish: Grows up to six feet tall, making it a good choice of variety to grow indoors.
Factors to Look Out for While Buying a Musa Plant
While shopping for a Musa plant to plant in your living rooms, you should consider the following factors to select appropriately:
- Size of the pot
If you’re looking to plant a Musa (or most plants) in your living room, it’s important to choose the right pot for it.
The most appropriate pot to use for your Musa shouldn’t be bigger than necessary, to conserve space, but also big enough to contain your potting mix and roots conveniently. A big enough pot for your Musa will also ensure that its soil nutrients are circulated evenly.
- Pests and diseases
Like every plant, your Musa’s growth and health might be retarded if it gets infected or infested.
So, while getting a Musa plant to keep as your houseplant, ensure that it is disease-free and protected against pests.
This is an important factor to look out for while buying a Musa plant to grow indoors. As Musa has various species, it comes in variations of heights and widths likewise.
Therefore, it is important to determine what Musa species you should choose as your houseplant.
Note that Musa ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ and Musa ‘Tropicana’ are the most common varieties to grow indoors. The size of dwarf banana trees makes them suitable for living rooms.