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'Dwarf Cavendish' is a Banana plant variety in the Musa genus with a scientific name of Musa. Dwarf Cavendish is a variety of hybrid Banana plant . Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green and   Android robot green colour.

The plant need support when fruits are developing.the heavy wt. Of buwig or fruit usually cause the entire plant to tilt or fall on the ground.addition of compost to the soil will aid good fruig setting and improve aroma/ cooler regions, protective shield for leaves and fruits are needed for successful spring or summer harvest.

Dwarf Cavendish grows as a Biennial and is a Fruit. Being a Biennial, it tends to grow best over the course of two years. Dwarf Cavendish normally grows with a erect-like habit to a mature height of 2.44 metres (that's 7.92 feet imperial). This variety tends to bloom in early summer.

Philippines is believed to be where Dwarf Cavendish originates from.

Dwarf Cavendish Banana plant is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Dwarf Cavendish have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Dwarf Cavendish

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Clay loam soils with organic matter will keep the plant prefers full sun in mild and cool climates and partial shades in hot weather(35-40C).Note that Musa plants are succullent type,they need proper watering in hot dry places and moderate in temperate zones(cool air affects plant utilization of water and it must be observed since succullent plants are susceptible to rot caused by fungi in cool damp conditions)

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Dwarf Cavendish is thought of as half hardy, so it will need protecting in periods of cold weather. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 8 - 12 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant.

Growing Dwarf Cavendish from seed

Seeds in cavendish is seldom. Usually when planted near other banana varieties that produce seeds, seeds in cavendish fruit will have possibilities to develop but only few.Tissue culture is recommended for the propagation of this plant to ensure uniformity in fruit appearance and aroma.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 17°C / 63°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Dwarf Cavendish

Loam and clay loam soils are the usual soil types needed by the cavendish.Captan and other fungi control agents is recommended to use for planting materials in order to control fungi growth in plant root systems.planting will be done when soil is moist and the temp. Is around 20C. In temperate zones, cavendish can be planted inside the greenhouse garden with controlled temp. Humidity and sun light.

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 18°C / 64°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Dwarf Cavendish is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Dwarf Cavendish

Banana fruits are in uniform cluster .It is called “buwig” in Tagalog.1 buwig may have about more than 5 piling(1 subportion of buwig.From the time banana flowers appear, the fruit development may take more than 60 days in the Philippine climate conditions.the fruit color is green and in full maturity it will appear as light green.ripe cavendish has green yellow color in hot days but in cool rainy days it always appear as ordinary green like the color of its leaves.

Banana plant Dwarf Cavendish Etymology

Named for William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire.

Dwarf Cavendish folklore & trivia

Primary commercial replacement variety after Panama disease wiped out the Gros Michel commercial trade.

Other Names for Banana plant 'Dwarf Cavendish'

Musa cavendishii, Musa chinensis, Musa sinensis ,mangipod,tampuhin,pandak banguhan