Red Tiger "Darjeeling" Banana Cold Hardy Tree Seeds (Musa Sikkimensis)
This Cold Hardy Ornamental Banana is a Must-Have for your Garden if You're Seeking a Tropical Look & Feel. It is one of the Highest Altitude Banana Species and is Found in Bhutan and India. It Occurs at the Foot of the Himalayas to an Altitude of 2000 Meters in the Sikkim Area where it Snows with Freezing Temperatures.
The Tree is Robust and about 12' Foot Tall Max, with yellowish-green Foliage and Reddish Tinged Thick Trunk. The Sheath is Smudged with Blackish-Brown and is Without Wax when Mature. The Gorgeous Leaves are a Discolored Burgundy on the Underside and on the Top Remains Deep Green with a Tiger Print. The Leaves are Stronger than those of Other Species and Better Resistant to the Wind. It can be Container Grown and a great element to patios and porches.
The Fruit, while Edible, is Not Very Flavorful like the Dwarf Banana Seeds we Offer, and Darjeeling Banana is Generally Grown Instead for its Unique Foliage, which Exhibits a Striking Cinnamon Red Color on the Leaf Undersides, with Leaf Tops that Display Eye Catching Red Striped Patterns.
Much Like (Musa acuminata) the Darjeeling Banana Tree is More Cold Hardy than the Hybrid Bananas that Produce the Fruit sold in Stores. It is Considered Hardy to Zone 5, where it can Survive Outdoors even through Occasional Snowfalls. More often, though, it is Grown as an Indoor Plant that Either Remains Indoor Year-Round or is Moved Indoors from the Patio when the Weather Starts Turning
In Zones where it is Hardy, this Banana can be Planted at Any Time. This Fast-Growing Tree may put on as Much as 9 Feet in its First Growing Season and can Reach 12' Foot in Height by the Time it Flowers and Produces Fruit after 2-3 Years.
In Colder Climates, the Banana Tree will Die Back to the Ground, and then Re Sprout in the Spring. In Warmer Climates the Tree will Remain Alive through the Winter but will be in a Dormant Mode meaning Watering & Feeding should be Reduced. But Remember Banana Trees Die Away Once they have Fruited.
A Process that Can Take up to 3 Years. The Tree will Sprout with New Growth from the Base each Spring. In Colder Climates to Successfully OVERWINTER them, Cover the Area with a Layer of Thick Mulch. Remove as Soon as Spring begins for New Growth to Begin.