It is a large shrub, reaching up to five and ten feet tall, that typically thrives in tropical climates. Its bright pink flowers, which bloom during the summer months, make it a highly sought-after ornamental plant.
Musa velutina is a plant native to India. This large shrub will grow anywhere from five to ten feet tall and enjoys full sun or semi-shade with regular water. Additionally, it requires a temperature of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning it is hardy in USDA Zones 8-11.
Musa velutina is grown for both its beauty and its edible fruit. The plant's clusters of bright pink flowers add a splash of color to a garden, and its fruit, which matures in autumn, are edible and sweet. The fruits are small, oval-shaped, and generally weigh less than half a pound. They can be eaten raw or cooked, and can also be used to make jam and other types of preserves.
This plant is not only edible, but also contains a number of healthy benefits. The fruits are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, and are low in fats and calories. Additionally, they provide a substantial amount of vitamin C and essential nutrients, such as potassium, magnesium and iron.
In terms of producing fruit, Musa velutina is quite prolific. One plant can produce up to fifty fruits in a single growing season with proper care. To ensure that this plant produces a good crop of fruit, they should be planted in well-draining soil and fertilized once every two weeks. In regions with colder climates, this plant can also be grown in a pot, as long as it is kept in a location where it can receive enough sunlight to flower and fruit.