The Musa Dwarf Cavendish, also known as Banana Plant, is named after William Cavendish. Cavendish, a British duke, brought the plant to Europe around 1830. He got the banana plant from the tropics of Southeast Asia and Australia. Because of this origin – and because the Musa Dwarf Cavendish consists largely of water – this large houseplant needs quite a bit of water.
This large houseplant will probably not produce any bananas. The Musa would need a lot of sun and heat in order to do so; more than it can get in the Dutch or Belgian climate. Yet you do reap the figurative fruits of this banana plant! The Musa Dwarf Cavendish is an effective humidifier! With its large leaves, which largely consist of water, it evaporates a lot of water. The increased level of humidity resulting from this, will make it less likely for you to catch a virus, get airway problems and suffer from dry skin.
Musa plant care
The XXL Musa Dwarf Cavendish is potted with so-called semi-hydroponics; clay granules that absorb water are added to the soil, providing the plant with a continuous water level. This allows you to give a multiple liters of water at once, without overwatering it. The semi-hydroponics allow the water to be released gradually, so you won’t need to worry about watering it for quite a while afterwards. A water meter is included, making it very easy to check when this large plant needs to be watered again. A nice side effect of the continuous water level is an increase in humidity, which makes the air feel more pleasant for the Musa Dwarf Cavendish. Since the Banana plant needs a lot of water, it’s important to make sure the potting soil never dries up and to spray the leaves regularly.
Tip: have you got a rain barrel, or simply a bucked you could place outdoors? Then we definitely recommend using the collected rain water to water to Musa. This contains many nutrients for the plant.
The water meter will indicate when you need to water the plant. Once the meter has dropped all the way to the bottom, you need to water it. Halfway on the meter there’s a line indicating the optimal water quantity. Pay close attention to this meter while watering the plant, and water it until the meter is halfway up – and no more than that. If the water meter does not rise when watering, give it a little tap. The water meter will then adjust. Regularly spray the leaves to maintain a high humidity.
Place the plant in a light spot, but not in direct sunlight.
Plants and health:
In order for your house to become a home – a place where you can truly unwind – we believe the addition of plants to be indispensable. Plants are much more than just a nice addition to your interior; they actively break down harmful substances and turn CO₂ into oxygen. Because we believe that everyone is entitled to a beautiful and healthy living environment, we are happy to share our green must-haves with you!
Will my plants be potted before delivery?
If you purchase a plant-pot combination, they will be delivered separately. Potting our plants is very easy! You can repot a plant from the plastic growers’ pot into the pot. You might add a layer of hydro grains, which will allow room for excess water to drain. If the pot is large enough, you could also simply place the plant with the growers’ pot in it. Is the growers’ pot a bit higher than the pot? That’s an easy fix. The growers’ pot is easily removed, after which you can press down the soil a bit. Wondering you have to do the potting yourself? Well, by delivering the pot and plant separately, we can pack both extra carefully. This way, we ensure they are both delivered in a perfect condition.
Our plants are delivered fresh from the grower. They make a quick pit stop at our distribution centre, where they are carefully packaged in a plant-friendly box. After packaging, your plants are sent straight to your home!
Because plants are living products, they are never exactly identical to the pictures shown on our website. Height measurements and shapes may differ due to weather conditions, for example.
Do you have questions about your plant? The Green lifestyle store team is more than happy to help!