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How To Grow & Care For Musa AeAe? 100% Successful Guide

Musa species, commonly Bananas, appear with broad green leaves and green or yellow fruits but have you heard about the variegated and mystical Musa AeAe? 

Generally, Musa AeAe is one of the fastest-growing and rarest perennial Banana varieties globally, reaching 14-20 feet in just 2 years. It needs 6 hours of direct sunlight, a temperature of 87-89°F, 50-80% of humidity, and water every 2-3 days during spring and summer.

If you want a deeper understanding of the habit and growing guide of this rare Banana hybrid, follow the article for more!

What Is Musa AeAe?

Do you know Musa AeAe was bred selectively for variegated leaves? As a herbaceous and non-woody plant, Musa AeAe is similar in form to other Bananas.

The real name of this Banana species, Musa Paradisiaca ‘AeAe,’ is a result of selective hybridization between Musa Acuminata and Musa Balbisiana.

With that said, Musa Acuminata and Musa Balbisiana are responsible for producing nearly all edible Banana species worldwide.

Image illustrates white and green stripey fruits and leaves of Musa AeAe
The variegation in fruits and leaves of the Musa AeAe variety is a result of selective hybridization.

Therefore, the fruits of Musa AeAe are also edible. But, the variegated green and white fruits of AeAe are seedless, unlike many varieties.

For a better understanding of this plant, look at the table below.

Common NameMusa Ae Ae

Royal Variegated Banana

Variegated Hawaiian Banana

Ae Ae Hybrid Plantain Banana
Scientific NameMusa acuminata × balbisiana 'Ae Ae'

Musa paradisiaca 'Ae Ae'
Status & EcologyLifecycle: Evergreen Perennial

Habit: Terrestrial Herb

Habitat: Tropical & Sub-tropical Rainforests

Native Range: Hawaii, Malaysia & Philippines

USDA Zones: 8 to 10
Growth RateModerate to Fast
Plant Height14-20 feet
Growing SeasonSpring & Summer
LeafShape: Lance or Paddle-Shaped

Size: Length: 2-6 feet & Width: 1.5 feet

Color: Green & White Stripes

Texture: Glossy & Shiny
Flowering SeasonNot Season Dependent (In Natural Habitat)
FlowerInflorescence: Racemose (With Spadix)

Color: Spathe (Purplish Red)

Shape: Cone-Shaped
Grown ForCulinary Use (Fruit)

Ornamental Use (Leaves & Flowers)
ToxicityNon-toxic to Humans & Pets
SpecialtyLeaves, Flowers & Fruits
The plant has several benefits, like wide Banana varieties, but its ornamental leaves make it even more elegant for garden and indoor decor.

How Do You Care For Variegated Musa AeAe?

As a tropical Banana plant, AeAe has the exact growth requirements as regular Banana varieties.

Although Bananas can grow in all climates, the plant rapidly develops in hot, humid, and warm surroundings.

Hence, let’s briefly look at some of the primary care requirements for the plant.

1. Light & Temperature

Daily Sunlight Requirements 

  • 6 hours of direct sunlight (partial shade for the rest of the day)

Optimum Temperature Requirements

  • 87-89°F (prevent temperature dips below 50°F)

2. Water & Humidity

Seasonal Watering Needs

  • Every 2-3 days during spring and summer (4-6 inches of water per serving) 
  • Cut off watering during fall and winter (check the first 1-2 inches of topsoil for dryness before watering again)

Regular Humidity Requirements

  • 50-80% of ambient humidity
Image illustrates problems in Banana plant
Due to lack of light, temperature, watering, and proper soil, Banana plants may exhibit several dying symptoms.

3. Soil & Fertilizer

Proper Soil Requirements

Seasonal Fertilizer Requirements

4. Pruning & Repotting

Trimming Requirements

  • Prune brown or dead foliage after they appear
  • Cut back the entire after harvesting the fruits

Repotting Needs

  • Every 1-2 years (late winter to early spring)
  • Aim for a terracotta planter 1-2 inches wider and deeper than the previous one 

Growth & Flowering of Variegated Musa AeAe

Musa AeAe is a quick-growing Banana hybrid variety taking about 2 years to attain a height of 14-20 feet.

Like all tropical plants, this Banana variety loves warm and sultry climatic conditions to thrive.

Hence, AeAe shows a quick growth rate during spring and summer while exhibiting slow growth in the fall and winter. 

Many cold-tolerant Banana varieties exist worldwide, but they thrive best in tropical conditions.

The lustrous variegated green and white leaves of AeAe varieties can grow to a length of 2-6 feet and about 1.5 feet wide, making it a rare and elegant tropical Banana variety.

An evergreen perennial plant, AeAe sheds its leaves by turning yellow, brown, and crispy, replacing them with new ones every 10-20 days.

Image illustrates flower structure of Banana
The Banana flower consists of an attractive outer spathe enclosing many small florets.

Additionally, this Banana plant produces fruits within 12-18 months after planting. Before that, it enters a flowering stage.

Unlike other fruits, such as apples, blackberries, raspberries, oranges, etc., with seasonal fruiting periods, AeAe and related Banana varieties can bear fruit year-round.

Do You Know?

Like summer Cantaloupes, Bananas are also climacteric fruits as they continue to ripen off the plant after being picked!

Furthermore, the flowers are cone-shaped and purplish red in color, which opens once the plant flowers and is ready to set fruits.

Musa AeAe for Sale

You can buy this wonderful variegated hybrid variety of Musa species from any of the following shops.

Shop/ SitesDelivery/ Shipping Time
EtsyWithin 1-7 days after placing an order
Indonesia PlantWithin 4-7 days after placing an order
EbayWithin 15 days after placing an order
Plant VaultWithin 1 day after placing an order

From Editorial Team

Keep in mind where you live!

Musa AeAe have brilliant green and white variegated leaves with tropical prerequisites.

Remember, they barely grow to new heights if you live in colder climate zones (below USDA Zone 8) as in warmer regions.