Blue Java Banana Tree

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Scientific Name: Musa acuminata ‘Ice Cream’

Common Names: Blue Java Banana, Ice Cream Banana

Overview: The ‘Blue Java’ Banana tree is unique. This fast-growing, cold-tolerant marvel from Asia and the South Pacific actually produces blue bananas that taste exactly like vanilla ice cream or custard. Many folks like to pick the ripe bananas and pop them in their mouths. Others suggest mixing the bananas into a smoothie or freezing them to make an all-natural ice cream alternative.

While you’re waiting for the fabulous treat to grow, you’re rewarded with a great looking addition to your yard. The tree showcases gigantic lime green leaves and a stout, sturdy trunk. Smart gardeners know the Blue Java’s well-developed root system will hold up well against the elements. The tree is happiest in moist soil and part to full sun.

 

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Description

A Blue Banana That Tastes Like Vanilla Ice Cream – A Treat for Your Eyes & Your Palate

Musa acuminata, commonly known as the banana plant, is a tropical beauty prized for its lush foliage and delicious fruit. Originating from Southeast Asia, particularly regions like Malaysia and Indonesia, this species belongs to the Musaceae family.

Musa acuminata is characterized by its large, paddle-shaped leaves arranged spirally around a central stem. The leaves can grow several feet in length and width, creating a dramatic and tropical appearance. Depending on the variety, the foliage may range in color from vibrant green to deep red or purple hues. Mature plants may produce clusters of flowers followed by clusters of fruit, which vary in size, shape, and color depending on the cultivar.

Light

Banana plants thrive in full sun to partial shade, making them ideal for outdoor cultivation in tropical and subtropical regions. Plant your Musa acuminata in a location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. In areas with intense sunlight, provide afternoon shade to prevent leaf scorching. If growing indoors, place your banana plant near a south or west-facing window where it can receive bright, indirect light throughout the day. Supplemental grow lights may be necessary to ensure adequate light levels, especially during the winter months.

Temperature

Musa acuminata thrives in warm, tropical climates with temperatures consistently between 75°F to 90°F (24°C to 32°C) during the day and above 60°F (15°C) at night. While banana plants prefer warm temperatures, they can tolerate brief periods of cooler weather down to 50°F (10°C) without significant damage. However, prolonged exposure to temperatures below 50°F (10°C) can cause frost damage or kill the plant. In regions with colder winters, consider growing Musa acuminata in containers that can be brought indoors during the colder months or provide frost protection with blankets or frost cloth.

Soil

Banana plants prefer well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level between 5.5 to 7.0. A rich, organic potting mix with added compost or well-rotted manure works well for container-grown plants. Ensure that the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged, as banana plants are sensitive to waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. Choose a container with drainage holes to allow excess water to escape and prevent water buildup around the roots.

Water

One of the key aspects of Musa acuminata care is proper watering. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, as banana plants require regular irrigation to support their rapid growth. Water your banana plant deeply, ensuring that the water reaches the roots, and allow excess water to drain out of the bottom of the pot. During hot, dry weather, increase watering frequency to prevent the soil from drying out completely. However, avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot and other moisture-related issues.

Fertilization

Feed your Musa acuminata plant regularly with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for fruiting plants. Apply the fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season, from spring to early fall, following the manufacturer’s instructions for dosage and application. Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant’s growth slows down. Additionally, provide supplemental potassium and phosphorus to promote healthy fruit development and flowering. Mulching around the base of the plant with organic matter can also provide a steady source of nutrients and help retain soil moisture.

Pruning

Regular pruning helps maintain the health and appearance of your Musa acuminata plant. Remove any dead or damaged leaves to improve air circulation and prevent the spread of pests and diseases. Trim back any suckers or offshoots that emerge from the base of the plant to encourage upright growth and maintain the desired shape. Additionally, remove any spent flower stalks or fruit clusters to redirect energy back into vegetative growth. Keep an eye out for pests such as aphids, scale insects, and spider mites, especially during periods of rapid growth. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Propagation

Musa acuminata can be propagated through division, suckers, or tissue culture. Division involves separating the rhizomes or underground stems of mature plants and replanting them in individual pots or directly in the ground. Suckers, also known as offshoots or pups, are small shoots that emerge from the base of the plant and can be detached and replanted once they have developed their own root system. Tissue culture, while more complex, involves propagating banana plants from small sections of tissue culture in a laboratory setting. Choose the propagation method that best suits your needs and preferences, and enjoy expanding your banana plant collection.

 

Additional information

Zone

10a, 10b, 11a, 9b

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

Mature Height

8 ft – 15 ft

Spacing

3 ft – 8 ft

8 reviews for Blue Java Banana Tree

  1. Sal S. (verified owner)

    This plant was over 5ft tall (including the pot). Much larger than expected.

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very large and nice big full leaves!

  3. Ronald (verified owner)

    This banana tree is beautiful.It looks exactly like the on line photograph.I can’t believe it traveled from the east coast to the west coast and still arrived in such great health.
    You really get what you Pay for here and it’s Worth Every Penny!
    The service is STERLING.
    I will never shop anywhere else for everyday or Hard to find nursery items.
    🌴

  4. Jesse B (verified owner)

    I was really worried about shipping this thing 1000 miles. FedEx ended up losing it and I was convinced I’d be left with a stalk when it got here. Well, I was wrong. It had 2 leaves. It’d be short timer, I was convinced. Fast forward a month. It’s added 6 new leaves (which my daughter loves documenting) and has added at least a foot of growth too. I wish I could rate this 6 stars.

    Follow the instructions on the site and give yourself plenty of lead time and you’ll be extremely happy with your purchase. The follow up emails on care from Plantvine have been excellent as well.

  5. Anonymous (verified owner)

  6. Juana M. (verified owner)

    It looks exactly like the picture. I’m looking forward to watching it grow. It’s a very beautiful plant.

  7. Matt Bruno (verified owner)

    Another great plant from plant vine. Thanks plant vine!!

  8. Charles L Wisenbaker (verified owner)

    From Lake Park, GA, my ice cream banana has been planted for a week now and has grown a foot!

  9. Steve G

    I live in the Northeast. Can I grown this indoors? If so, how tall will it get?

  10. Delaine

    How long will it take for the 4-5′ plant to bear fruit?

  11. David Munsell

    Can this banana be grown in a container? If so, how large does the container need to be and how tall will it get?

  12. Sherry Shaw

    Pollination. How is Blue Java Banana pollinated? Need I buy a male or female companion?

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Why others chose the Blue Java Banana Tree

I’m attracted to giant leaves :)

Love fruit trees, banana completes my collection

I feel like this is the perfect plant for me because it’s low maintenance and it’s unique. I’m totally looking forward to seeing it grow .

The one I bought last year was giant!

I've been wanting this plant for a while. I can't wait to see show my friends blue bananas!!!