Plant Care Dwarf Banana

Dwarf Banana

4.7 out of 5 (13 experiences)

Dwarf Banana has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Dwarf Banana has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Dwarf Cavendish Banana

Taxonomy

Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish'
Musa
Musaceae
Zingiberales

How to care for Dwarf Banana

💦 Water

How often to water your Dwarf Banana

Water needs for Dwarf Banana
0.5 cups
every 9

Dwarf Banana needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dwarf Banana

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dwarf Banana in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dwarf Banana: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dwarf Banana love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Dwarf Banana does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dwarf Banana in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dwarf Banana

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dwarf Banana: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dwarf Banana after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Dwarf Banana prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dwarf Banana requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

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Dwarf Banana Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

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💨 Humidity

Dwarf Banana doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Dwarf Banana Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Dwarf Banana does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Dwarf Banana →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dwarf Banana →


💩 Fertilizer

Dwarf Banana is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌎 Native Region

Dwarf Banana is native to Tropical and Subtropical Asia to the West Pacific.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Dwarf Banana

Dwarf Banana

Dwarf Banana


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dwarf Banana has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Dwarf Banana has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Dwarf Banana has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Dwarf Banana has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Dwarf Banana has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Dwarf Banana has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
@LegitGreenash avatar
@@LegitGreenash
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 317 XP
02/27/2022

I love this plant. Cant wait for the first banana

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@EnormousPrasium avatar
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 175 XP
globe Eden, NC
02/26/2022

I’ve just gotten it a couple weeks ago all of the leaves turned black and fell off . The company I bought it from said it was prob shock and it may be just watching it for now

Vicky avatar
@Vicky
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 805 XP
globe London, KY
06/08/2021

Very hearty and delicious

Mo avatar
@Mo
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 122 XP
06/03/2021

Great plant with large leaves. Requires humid environment and direct sunlight.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@DrDrey avatar
@@DrDrey
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 2,617 XP
04/03/2021

Grows almost too fast. Love these when they are young and very green not so sure how I feel about mature ones. I don’t often see nice ones that have been well-maintained. Usually pretty mangled looking

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,172 XP
globe Whitecourt, Alberta
02/13/2021

Soil likes to be kept at least somewhat moist. Mine don’t like to get completely dried out. So far they are very hardy & putting out new leaves every few weeks, and it’s currently the dead of winter.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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