Banana mons mari

banana mons mari leaves

Botanical Name: Musa acuminata
Family: Musaceae
Also Known As: bananito, dwarf cavendish banana, lady’s finger banana -> I think these are similar cultivars but not exactly the same
Origin: Australia (this variety,
Source: Incredible Edibles: Bananas are very easy to grow. Ideal family is one mother plant with 2-3 daughters. Once a plant has fruited cut it down and chop into pieces and add as mulch around the daughters. This is a quick growing dwarf Cavendish-type banana which grows to around 2.5m high. Self-fertile. The flower stalk appears out of the centre once the plant is fully grown. It hangs down as the flower develops. The male flower develops at the end of the flower stalk creating a bell. The female flowers spiral around the stem. The female flowers are white tubular with rich nectar purple bracts and deep red within. Once a bunch of bananas has developed remove the bell flower. This will make sure the energy is put into fruit development. Harvest the bunch once the oldest bananas start to yellow and hang up in a shed to ripen. Or harvest fruit individually as they tree ripen in spring. This is ideal in cooler climates. Fruits: September, October, November

  • 09/02/2010 Purchased a lovely specimen. I thought by buying “mons mari,” which besides being the only variety on offer was not the ubiquitous, monoculture cavendish, and was disheartened to discover it’s a dwarf cavendish style. But that’s still separate, I discovered from Dan Koeppel’s fascinating banana blog: “A Guide to Those “Baby” Bananas – and What They Prove.