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The Musella lasiocarpa - Chinese Lotus Banana

Frequently asked questions, FAQ

Is the Musella lasiocarpa hardy?

The Musella lasiocarpa loves warmth, but can tolerate cold up to -7 degrees Celsius. At -5 degrees Celsius we recommend protecting this plant against wind with fleece. If it freezes even further, bring the plant inside.

How to take care of a Musella lasiocarpa?

A Musella loves a warm place with lots of sunlight, a good breeding ground and also supplementary feeding. A good breeding ground can be provided by means of Florentus Mediterranean Nutrition. This ensures good rooting and provision of the right nutrient base. We also recommend to supplement with 'Ultra Focus', this is high quality Mediterranean plant nutrition that provides extra strength and health. This way the plant keeps its beautiful deep colours.

When the Musella lasiocarpa water?

The Musella lasiocarpa needs water on a regular basis. During the hot days of summer it needs water every day. If it is a bit colder, it can be once every 2-4 days, depending on the temperature and the pot and the size of the plant. You can feel this from the soil. If the soil is fairly moist, then the Musella lasiocarpa still has enough water.

What kind of soil does the Musella lasiocarpa want?

A Musella lasiocarpa loves good nutrient soil. For example, you can spoil the root ball with a bag of Florentus Mediterranean Nutrition Soil, specially developed for Mediterranean plants such as the Musella lasiocarpa. This allows it to root extra well and provides it with the right nutrient base.

When putting the Musella lasiocarpa inside?

We recommend bringing the Musella inside when it gets colder than -7 degrees Celsius. Just above that temperature we recommend frost protection, such as fleece around the leaf and the trunk.

Why does a Musella lasiocarpa get dry leaves?

It may be that Musella lasiocarpa does not get enough water during the growing season, but it is also a natural thing that leaves become dry. Some leaves have simply reached their age and then die. The leaves can be removed by hand or scissors.

Is the Musella lasiocarpa poisonous to cats / dogs?

The Musella lasiocarpa is not poisonous, so can be placed in a place where many animals come.

Where to buy a Musella lasiocarpa?

We have a very simple answer to this question. Teeninga Palmen is a specialist in the field of Mediterranean plants and trees, and offers them for the lowest price and the highest quality, so the choice is easy!

The Musella lasiocarpa (Chinese lotus banana) is a beautiful hardy banana plant that remains fairly small, but that's not the case when it shows its beautiful yellow flower, which can reach 20cm in diameter! This flower turns your jungle garden into a real piece of paradise in the tropics. As soon as the lotus flower comes out, it spreads a delicious scent that butterflies love, so not only does it provide the tropical look, but it also ensures that your garden is full of butterflies in the summer months.

The Lotus banana plant originates from the mountains of Yunnan Tibet in China, where it grows at an altitude of no less than 2500 metres. It is not for nothing that it is called the sacred lotus flower in its original place, because there are not many tropical plants that can survive at this altitude, so the Lotus flower is hardy to a maximum of -8ºC. Therefore, the Musella lasiocarpa can also be placed in the garden!

He just doesn't like wet or harsh winters, so we advise you to let him hibernate inside in a pot.

However, if you still want to let it hibernate outside, then the necessary protection is needed, such as tree bark, or leaves around the ground of the Musella lasiocarpa. The trunk also needs to be well protected. It can also happen during a severe winter that the trunk completely freezes over, in which case the plant needs to grow completely again and will not get a flower that year.