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The leaves of this Abysinnian Banana are perhaps the most colourful of all mentioned. The colour of the leaves and stems is enhanced by growing the plant in full sun. Each leaf can reach a length of around two and a half feet (75cm). It is best grown in a large pot as it is not a hardy variety and will need to be moved into a frost free area in winter. A heavy pot such as terracotta or stone will prevent the plant from toppling in high winds. Each year the plant will reach three to four feet (100cm) in height and will die down completely in the winter. It should be cut back hard in autumn ready to reappear in the next spring. General care instructions for banana plants Shelter from wind is ideal as it can shred the leaves. If planting in the ground in spring include plenty of compost in the planting hole. If growing in containers use a loam-based compost such as John Innes Number three with added grit for drainage. Repot when necessary in spring in a slightly larger container. Whether grown in the ground or in containers the plants will need plenty of water and feed throughout the spring and summer months, but kept on the dry side and without feed in the winter.
Red Abysinnian Banana
Red Abysinnian Banana
Hardy Banana The huge fan-like leaves of this architectural banana create great impact where a tropical style garden is required. As the plant becomes established, the giant leaves will unfurl from the central trunk and they can reach over one metre long. This plant is native to Japan and so as you would expect it is a sun lover. It can be grown in a container to be moved to a frost free area in winter, or can be wrapped in the garden with fleece in the colder months as it is one of the hardier types and will stand temperatures down to -6C if given protection. when happy this plant can easily reach a stately height of thirteen feet (400cm). Small offsets at the base can be left to form a clump or separated to form new plants
Hardy Banana