Plant Care Banana shrub

Banana shrub

About Banana shrub

Banana shrub is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Banana shrub likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Banana shrub belongs to the Magnolia genus, and is native to Southeast China and Korea.

Taxonomy

Magnolia figo
Magnolia
Magnoliaceae
Magnoliales

Also known as

Banana shrub, Port wine magnolia and Michelia figo

How to care for Banana shrub

💦 Water

How often to water your Banana shrub

Water needs for Banana shrub
0.5 cups
every 9

Banana shrub 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 Banana shrub

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Banana shrub in your home

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

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

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

Banana shrub does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Banana shrub

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Banana shrub: 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 Banana shrub after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Banana shrub is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Banana shrub →

Common Banana shrub Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Banana shrub 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.

Banana shrub Water Frequency →

Banana shrub Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Banana shrub 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 🏡.

Banana shrub Light Requirements →

Banana shrub 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.


🪴 Soil

Banana shrub 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 Banana shrub →

When and How to Successfully Repot Banana shrub →


💩 Fertilizer

Banana shrub grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Banana shrub grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Banana shrub →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Banana shrub can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Banana shrub Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Banana shrub

Banana shrub

Banana shrub


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.

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