Musa ‘Mekong Giant’ PP24315 is a giant growing cold hardy banana from Yunnan China. The plant can grow in idea conditions to 40 feet tall or more. Believed to be a form of Musa Itinerans var. itinerans. After growing out a few thousand seeds we selected this variety for having the darkest trunks. The pesudostem (trunk) will get a dark pink to purple color with age. I have over wintered this plant in the ground for over 9 years. It will produce very large clumps of bananas so give it plenty of room to spread out. The flowers are also extremely large 1 to 2 feet long and are used in cooking in China.
I have grown and treated this plant much like Musa basjoo for the past few years and it has shown to be a just as fast in returning for spring and can easily out grow basjoo given the right conditions. It can grow in full sun as well as shade it is found in habitat as an understory banana in shady forest. This banana also produces large rhizomes underground which is one of the main reasons it is so hardy.
Plants are potted in 4 1/2 inch pots.
Foliage: Large green leaves held atop a larger trunks
Flower: Red and yellow flowers huge
Height: 10 to 20 feet in cooler climates 40 feet or more if longer season
Situation: Full Sun part shade
Zone: 6 and up. Must be protected in colder zones with leaf or mulch compost.
Species/Hybridizer – Selected species