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MUSA 'Ney Mannan'

Image of Musa 'Ney Mannan' (Ney Mannan, A B B Group)

James Burghardt

Family

Musaceae

Botanical Name

MUSA 'Ney Mannan'( Ney Mannan, A B B Group)

Plant Common Name

Banana, Ney Mannan Banana

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

A sweet, creamy dessert banana, 'Ney Mannan' is an upright, fast growing, ornamental tropical herb (not a tree) with large, flat, bluish green leaves and fruits of a distinctive waxy blue tint and flesh that is sweet and creamy. Hands are densely lined with plump, light yellow fruits that may be box-like (with rounded sides). This hybrid triploid banana is tolerant of drier soil conditions and cooler temperatures, perfect for subtropical regions.

As with all bananas, each stem flowers and sets fruit only once before dying. That stem, or cane, is chopped out as the banana hand is harvested so that the other stems can grow fully. Immature Ney Mamman fruits are particularly waxy, with a blue-green look. When mature, fruits are light yellow skinned with a white, vanilla-flavored, custard-like flesh. Thus, may be also called the ice cream banana.

Banana plants love warm fertile soils with consistent moisture. Full sun exposures are best and a long growing season is required to set the flowering stalk and subsequent fruits. Avoid sandy, poor soils unless compost, mulch or other rich organic matter can be placed over the root zone; however this subgroup demonstrates adaptability to drier conditions. These plants are often root-hardy in warmer temperate zones and rejuvenate after spring frosts but likely will not attain ripe fruits. Large but thin, the leaf may shred in high winds. The exotic and tropical look of 'Ney Mannan', even without flowering and setting fruits, is reason enough to grow this plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-18' / 3.0m - 5.5m

  • Width

    8'-14' / 2.4m - 4.3m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Purple

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Light Yellow, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No