How to Plant Musa Bulbs

Overview

Musa bulbs (banana plants) grow well in temperatures around 65 degrees F. They are ornamental and seldom produce edible bananas. Partial shade and well-drained soil produces the best plant growth. Musa bulbs mature into plants reaching 12 to 18 feet in height, so allow plenty of space when choosing a landscaping location.

Step 1

Break up the ground and dirt 8 inches deep with the garden till. Clear the area of rocks, sticks, grass and weeds. Preparing the area gives the musa bulbs plenty of growing room. Plan on planting bulbs 3 feet apart when determining how much space to till.

Step 2

Mix one part sand and one part peat into the soil with a gardening hoe. Adding sand and peat improves the soil drainage.

Step 3

Dig a hole twice the size of each musa bulb. Place the bulb into each hole as you dig. Cover the bulb with 1 inch of dirt.

Step 4

Water the ground until it is moist but not saturated. Too much water can cause the musa bulbs to rot.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid planting too many musa bulbs in one area due to their enormous mature size.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden till
  • Gardening hoe
  • Sand
  • Peat

References

  • Growing Banana Plants: Musa 'Basjoo'
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