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Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger'

Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger'

Consumer Information

Alternative Names:

Comm. Darjeeling Banana; syn. M. s. 'Red Tiger'

Narrative Description:

Wonderful glossy green leaves unfurl to show their rich mahogany red random stripes. These will create a tall, tree-like specimens with new fronds emerging as they grow through summer. Leaf colour will typically become more uniformly green as they mature.

Ideal Conditions:

Best grown in sunny, sheltered positions to prevent the wind from shredding its fragile foliage

Possible Situation:

Ideal specimen plant for sheltered gardens, either for the border or containers, but also great in a well lit indoor area or conservatory.

Accreditations /
Awards:

New to the Catalogue

Resilience:

Half-hardy

Habit:

Height x Spread / Trail:

200 x 100 cm

Features:

Typical Season:

Summer

Flower Colour:

Foliage Colour:

green

Flowering Time:

N/A

Planting Recommendations:

Bed/Border

Raised Bed

Container

Prefers:

Temperature Tolerance:

Can survive winter in very well protected situations, especially if sheltered from hard frosts.

Plant Care:

To achieve maximum size, winter protection is recommended. Wrap trunks in fleece, hessian or straw over winter to allow growth from the trunk rather than regrowing from the base in spring

Cultural Information

Family:

MUSACEAE

Genus:

Musa

Species:

sikkimensis

Cultivar:

Bengal Tiger

Alternative Names:

Comm. Darjeeling Banana; syn. M. s. 'Red Tiger'

Category:

Summer Patio Foliage

Recommended Pot Sizes:

1Ltr

3Ltr+

Pot Spacing:

Leave enough room so that foliage does not overlap within crop time.

Typical time required from pot to sale:

0 weeks over Winter

8 weeks in Spring / Summer

Based on producing a finished pot size of 1L for plug products and 2L for liner products. (*)

Growing Media / Irrigation / Water Capacity:

Free draining - keep evenly moist

Feeding / Fertilser
(during crop time):

NPK balanced feeding

Feeding Frequency:

Requires normal/regular feeding (Standard EC)

Recommended pH:

Standard 5.0 to 5.5

Growth Regulation PGR:

Due to the current approval situation, please contact your PGR provider

Temperature During Production:

Warm crop 11 - 19C

Temperature During Transport:

12-16C

Availability

Available for Delivery:

February - June

Recommended Sales Window:

June - September

Forecast Availability:

Wk/Yr:41/2209/2319/23
Qty:21310

Please note: this forecasted availability is a guide only. Quantities can be increased or produced earlier on request.

P&D Susceptibility

Common Pests:

Common Diseases:

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Additional Notes (*):

All information provided is based on producing a default finished pot size of 1L for our plug products, and 2L for 7cm and 9cm liner products. For alternative pot sizes please adjust cultural notes accordingly.

Finishing times - Based on average estimated climatic and environmental conditions, and are for guidance purposes only.

Temperature These conditions assume a protected ornamental growing environment. Recommended growing is generally above 5C.

Feeding Does not specify controlled release or liquid fertiliser application. This choice will depend on your conditions, requirements and preferences please contact your fertiliser consultant for suitable products to meet your requirements.

Growing media and pH Is shown for guidance purposes only - please contact your growing media consultant for suitable growing media to meet your requirements.



Disclaimer

This information is for guidance purposes only and is based upon our own growing environment and experience during trials. It is wise to use your own knowledge about your growing conditions and local environment in order to make informed cultural decisions.