The ‘Dwarf Orinoco’ is a small vigorous plant that is solid green and has a thick stem. It is a heavy bearer of thick skinned fruit of very good eating quality. There is very little curvature to the fruit and the fruit can ripen on the plant without splitting. ‘Dwarf Orinoco’ versatility make them popular in many regions of the world. The plant is hardy and withstands cold temperatures and wind, but may be supported when carrying large heads of fruit.
Zone 7b – 11
Height: 5 – 6 ft
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Fast
Drought Tolerance: Very good once established.
Fruit Colour: Yellow Green
Year(s) to bear fruit: 2-3 years
Chill hours required: We recommend all plants are given natural cycles of lower temps and shorter days for their blossom timings and maturity. Plants kept at constant temps and light levels can live for years without ever blossoming. To receive adequate light in the winter months, evergreen plants must be as close to a window as possible. North, East, South, or West is unimportant.
Musa, or bananas as they are commonly known, come in a wide array of choices: dessert, cooking/plantains, ornamental foliage, and ornamental flowering. Bananas are suitable for all climates given the appropriate care. Bananas are heavy drinkers and feeders. They perform great in a container and can be grown in a greenhouse or shade house very quickly! Their broad, long, graceful leaves and rapid growth, (commonly reaching full size in just a few weeks), make bananas a favourite 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 culture.
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.
Pests and Diseases: Musa have few troublesome pests or diseases outside the tropics.
Care: After fruiting, the mother plant which bore should be cut off near ground level, as it can never produce again. Use the remains in a mulch bed or compost heap. After a major cold period in which there is no doubt that the bananas were killed to the ground, cut the plants off at ground level within a couple of weeks of the freeze. 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. These off shoots will form a new rhizome thus creating a new plant.