Musa ‘Ice Cream’ – A
large perennial with a very tropical look long broad leaves,
huge burgundy flowers and very tasty fruit. This is one of the
larger banana trees boasting a stout trunk, robust root system
and leaves that can reach 18 feet tall. It produces clusters of
blue green fruit, smaller than commercial varieties, with white
flesh. As the name implies this banana tastes like ice cream and
many believe it to be the tastiest of the backyard bananas.
It is also known as Musa ‘Blue Java’. Plant in full sun and give
ample watering with regular applications of fertilizer from
spring through summer.
This is the best banana available hands down…..
Ice Cream Blue Java Banana Care
Ice Cream Banana Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit
with only one plant. However, adding an additional Ice Cream
Banana Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
Fertilize bananas using any type of high nitrogen organic
fertilizer. Bananas are heavy feeders so we suggest that you
fertilize every couple of months After your initial watering.
Light and Temperature Requirements
Grow bananas in BRIGHT LIGHT. 12 hours of bright light are ideal
for most varieties. bananas prefer Constant WARMTH this is very
important – the ideal night temperature would be 67 F. The day
temperatures would be in the 80s. Ideally you would have fresh
If you are in a more northern climate you may bring them during
the winter. rhizome / rootball and all, remove the leaves and
store the plant, dry, in a heated area over winter. To assure
survival, it is easier to dig small suckers, severed very close
to the parent rhizome, and pot them for overwintering indoors.
Spacing should be at around 4′ this will produce a stand or
We recommend planting Bananas in patches or groves, placing them
together in a stand. The shade from a stand of bananas is
generally cooler than regular shade, a well placed hammock will
do nicely on a hot summer day.
After fruiting, the mother plant which bore should be cut off
near ground level, as it can never produce again. If cut into
three or four pieces with each piece then being split lengthwise
the old trunk will quickly decompose. Use the remains in a mulch
bed or compost heap.
After a major cold period in which there is no doubt that
bananas were killed to the ground, cut the plants off at ground
level within a couple of weeks of the freeze. Dead bananas are
not very attractive and they are much easier to cut off before
decomposition starts. banana leaves can be removed after they
break and hang down along the trunk.
Most bananas will produce the flower bud within 10 to 15 months
of emergence as a new sucker, depending mostly on variety and
extent of cool/cold weather. Most production north of the lower
Rio Grande Valley occurs in the spring and summer following a
particularly mild winter.
Bananas can be propagated from pups which are the off shoots
from mature plants. These off shoots will form new Rysomes thus
creating a new plant. Commonly referred to as a pseudo stem or
trunk, bananas possess a trunk-like feature composed of fiber
Pests and Diseases
When it comes to Pests and Diseases Bananas have few troublesome
pests or diseases outside the tropics. Root rot from cold wet
soil is by far the biggest killer of banana plants in our
Broad, long, graceful leaves and rapid growth-commonly reaching
full size in just a few weeks-make banana a favorite plant for
providing a tropical look to pool and patio areas. The
development of bananas following a frost-free winter is a source
of both pride and amazement to those unfamiliar with banana
Bananas are a tropical herbaceous plant consisting of an
underground corm and a trunk (pseudostem) comprised of
concentric layers of leaf sheaths. At 10 to 15 months after the
emergence of a new plant. There are thousands of banana
varieties and some species reach up to 50 feet in height.
Additionally Banana flowers appear in groups (hands) along the
stem. These hands are covered by purplish bracts which roll back
and shed as the fruit stem develops. The first hands to appear
contain female flowers which will develop into bananas (usually
seedless in edible types). The number of hands of female flowers
varies from a few to more than 10, after which numerous hands of
sterile flowers appear and shed in succession, followed by
numerous hands of male flowers which also shed. Generally, a
bract rolls up and sheds to expose a new hand of flowers almost
In fact, the most common names for bananas are Musa acuminata,
Musa balbisiana, banana, plantain, banano, platano, guineo,
cambur, English, plantain, horse banana, platano, Musaceae,
Cavendish and Musa.
It should be noted, Banana sap is a more like water than sap but
will slightly stain clothes if your not careful. However some
find it to be a mild irritant.