Musa balbisiana Thai Banana Wild Banana An ornamental species of flowering banana which happens to be one of the most tolerant of cold of all banana plants. This favorite among plant collectors will grow only 3-6 feet tall on an upright trunk graced with lush leaves that can grow to about 2 feet. Flowers of red to maroon bloom followed by a blue-green fruit. This is the ancestor of the modern cultivated banana. Fruit is really not edible because of the many seeds inside. Can grow to about 15 feet as a standard and smaller if grown in containers. As the plant grows older they might produce up to 3 flowers that could last up to 6 months and if lucky small edible fruit may follow. Grows in most soil, protect from winds. Survives cold climates but will die back to the roots which should be protected with a covering or mulch. Cut watering during the winter months but never allow to dry thoroughly. Perfect for container growing or give your place a tropical look by planting near ponds or swimming pools. Pre-soak seed and sow at 70-75° F. Place in a propagator or warm place, and keep at a constant temperature. Grow plants in full light and shade from hot suns. Water freely during growing season and keep moist in winter. Feed once a month. This plant makes a most interesting deck plant and grows well as a container plant for several years if pruned and shaped, for the home or greenhouse, in addition to being a specimen plant.