Latin Name: Musa Acuminata x balbisiana 'Blue Java'
Lifespan: Tropical Perennial
Growth Rate: Moderate / Fast
Growth Structure: 10 to 15'
Water Requirement: Keep your soil moist, but not over saturated. Water your tree every 2 to 3 days during the summer, and every few weeks in the winter, depending on your climate. Warmer areas that are more prone to drought will require water more frequently. If your tree is in a shady area, it will most likely require less water. But if you're not sure when to water your tree, simply check the soil about 2 inches down - if the soil is dry here, it's time to water.
Light Requirement: ice Cream Bananas can tolerate partial shade, but need at least six hours of sunlight a day. Banana Trees don’t like extreme heat, so afternoon shade will be more beneficial for your tree than morning shade. Avoid areas that receive high winds. If you keep it indoors, place your banana tree by a large sunny window.
Fertilizing: fertilize once a month using a well balanced organic fertilizer during the growing season.
Pruning: Remove any damaged or broken leaves that hang downwards. After your tree has fruited, trim it back to about 30 inches tall, and let the stem dry out for a week or two. Once the stem has dried, remove it. This will allow new banana tree stalks to grow.
Description: A fast-growing, cold-tolerant variety, the Ice Cream Banana is known for its hardy qualities and delicious taste...especially since it produces fruit that actually tastes like ice cream. And you get a tropical look plus amazing strength, since this tree boasts substantial leaves, a strong trunk and well-developed root system that holds up well against the elements.
Plus, it's an effortlessly-growing specimen with gigantic leaves and a stout, sturdy trunk. The lime green leaves are complemented by blue-tinted bananas.