How to Plant Basjoo

Overview

Musa Basjoo is more commonly known as the Japanese Fiber Banana plant. With its tropical appearance, this large plant fits nicely around pools, patios and water features. It's the hardiest of the bananas and can grow as high as 20 feet with leaves that extend to 8 feet long. A fast-growing plant, it can grow 2 feet in just one week. The plant won't flower or grow bananas until it's about 3 years old; however, many people grow it for its large and beautiful foliage. Musa Basjoo is hardy in gardening zones 9 through 11 but will also grow outdoors in zones 7 and 8 with winter protection.

Step 1

Choose a location that has full sun and protection from strong winds. The leaves of this plant can grow in excess of 8 feet long and will be shredded by strong winds.

Step 2

Dig a hole 12 inches wide by 12 inches deep. Mix one part compost, one part manure and one part leaf mold together well.

Step 3

Place 6 inches of the organic mixture in the bottom of the hole and 1 inch around all four sides. Mix any remaining organic soil with the original soil you dug out of the hole.

Step 4

Place a rhizome 6 inches deep or a plant at the same level as in its container. Plant the rhizome with the eye or sucker union facing up in the hole.

Step 5

Fill the hole halfway with soil, and water in to compact the soil around the rhizome or roots so as to fill any air pockets. Continue to fill the hole and hand-tamp tightly.

Step 6

Water once a week until you see some growth. Then water every three days for extended periods of time (rather than frequent short periods of watering).

Step 7

Fertilize with a water-soluble balanced fertilizer divided to half strength each time you water. Fertilize after you see growth and through fall. Musa Basjoo are heavy feeders and you will see lots of growth with proper fertilization.

Things You'll Need

  • Musa Basjoo plant or rhizome
  • Shovel
  • Well-rotted manure
  • Compost
  • Water-soluble fertilizer

References

  • Hardy Bananas
  • Tropic to Tropic Plants
  • Plants for a Future

Who Can Help

  • PlantFinder.Sunset.com: Musa basjoo
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About this Author

Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.