Musella is very similar to musa, but differs in that the bizarre artichoke-like flower faces up instead of down, the stem is swollen at the base, and the plant is shorter than most banana plants.
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Temperate zone gardeners love to grow tropical plants because they add flair to the garden. With the increasing interest in temperate tropicality we thought it was time to increase our selection of cold hardy banana trees for sale (musella, musa basjoo and ensete). Most of the banana trees for sale here at PDN are reliable perennials in Zone 8, with some hardy into the warmer reaches of Zone 7. Our musella selections were chosen not only for cold hardiness, but also for flower, fruit, and leaf color.
As with cannas, gardeners should plant musella outdoors before late August in climates north of Zone 8 to ensure establishment before cold weather arrives. From Zone 8 north, we recommend digging musella bananas for winter storage or building a wire-constructed, leaf mulch-filled cage around the trunk. The growth rate of cold hardy banana trees is phenomenal when plenty of moisture and nutrition are provided. Cold, wet soil in winter, however, can spell death for banana trees in colder zones.
Musella is very similar to musa, but differs in that the bizarre artichoke-like flower faces up instead of down, the stem is swollen at the base, and the plant is shorter than most banana plants. Musella will not form fruit in the garden...enjoy it for the flowers and leaves. When you are ready to buy musella for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online list of musella cold hardy bananas for sale.
Also, check out our in depth article on cold hardy bananas in our articles database.
And check out our article on how to over-winter tropical plants.