Musa acuminata, is a species of wild banana native to Southeast Asia. It is one of the progenitors of modern edible bananas along with Musa balbisiana. The Dwarf Varieties grown between 1.5'-6' and are ideal for Bonsai. It has a tight leafy stem, thick leaves which are tolerant of low light and are able to take quite low temperatures, which is what make it and ideal Indoor Bonsai.
Place in well lit location, and exclude from draft as the leafs can wilt quite fast.
The Musa requires copious amounts of water so water well, do not let the plant dry out, as it is unlikely to survive.
Feed bimonthly during the growing season between April and October. Use a balance feed. High nitrogen feed can cause the leafs to become quite big. Use a Miric acid or other acidifier to regulate Ph levels to between 5.5 and 6.5.
Leaf and Branch Pruning:
Not required. Remove dried leaves, but only after they have dried out quite thoroughly, as removing them prematurely tends to expose and in turn dry out the leafy trunk.
Re-potting & Growing Medium:
Prune every 2-3 years for a young plant. Use a well drained soil rich in humus. 1 Part Akadama and 1 part leaf mulch. Best repot in April/May when temperatures are well established. Prune roots only marginally.