Musa Blue Java (Ice Cream)
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Botanical name:-Musa acuminata ss. Java Blue( Moo-suh)(ah-kew-min-AH-tuh)
Ice cream Banana, Dwarf Banana, Dwarf Blue Java Banana, Ney Mannan.
(credit the flying dutchman)
This hardy, cold tolerant banana plant reaches up to 15 feet in height. In spite of its height, it stands up to the wind well having a strong stem and root system. The leaves are a silver-green color. And the fruit is blue-green. The fruit is medium sized and the flesh is snow white. The quality of the fruit is excellent, many rate this is the best tasting banana
- Genetic Group -
Indo-Malaysian region reaching to northern Australia.
- Date realized in trade - Exact date unknown but was cataloged in 1956 Simmons (Possibly earlier 1813 but with errors)
- Time To Bloom - 15 to 24 months
- Time To Harvest - 115 to 150 days
CA ~ 6 months
- Mature Height -
Up to 15 feet. CA ~ 12 ft
- Survival Zone -
- Fruiting Zone - CA zone 9 unprotected p-stem
- Cold Hardiness - CA zone 9 unprotected p-stem
- Wind - In spite of its height,
it stands up to the wind well
Full sun. Handles hot dry conditions well. Leaves fold above 100 degrees F. Observed little or no sunburn.
- Taste Description - considered one of the best tasting Vanilla flavor with and excellent creamy texture
- Personal Notes -
- Growth tips - This rather tallish banana grows well in a variety of climates, does well in containers and fruits easily. Likes evenly moist, well-draining soil with fairly high levels of organics mixed and mulched. Tolerates sun but at higher elevations needs a fair amount of sun protection. Has shown good resistance to winds in excess of 50 mph. In arid climates has shown some susceptibility to high ph 7.0. Will turn yellow with too much potassium and is not a fast grower in low humidity. Folds leaves at high temps but recovers at night. Over all this is a moderately tough subspecies. Protect fruit in high temps by placing light colored paper over top of fruit. Do not fertilize during fruiting. If the temps are high, fruit will turn black and rot. Has shown a weaker Pseudo stem and needs propping when fruiting to keep plant from falling over from the heavy weight of fruit.
- Pests - Borers, grasshoppers, and root nematodes
- Susceptible Diseases - Panama disease and Black Sigatoka
- Resistant Diseases -
- Links to useful discussion threads in the forum:
- Typical Price Range -
Members Growing This Banana
- (Links to other useful pages on the web that mention this banana. Example: International Banana Society)