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.


Magnolia figo

Also known as

Banana shrub, Port wine magnolia and Michelia figo

How to care for Banana shrub


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

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Banana shrub

Banana shrub

Banana shrub

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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