These are very tender plants and usually grown as pot plants in the cool greenhouse. Pot in early spring in a compost of two parts loam, one part peat and sand. They like plenty of water during the growing period, and a temperature of 70 degrees, but when the plants are at rest 50 degrees is ample, and lees water should be given.
Increase by cuttings inserted in sandy soil in a temperature of 65 degrees in summer, or by seed sown in spring in light sandy soil in a temperature of 65 degrees.
M. pudica and M. aensiiiva are the only species that is generally cultivated, and they are both often treated as annuals.
Musa. Stove herbaceous perennials with ornamental foliage and berries.
Plant in early spring in well-drained pots or tubs in a compost of two parts fibrous loam, equal parts dried cow manure, leaf-mould and sand. Give them plenty of water during the growing period, but less afterwards, and syringe daily all the year round. They like a fairly high temperature and a moist atmosphere. Ser temperature 75 to 90 degrees; winter temperature 65 degrees.
Increase by suckers inserted in a bottom heat of 75 degrees, in a similar compost to that used for established plants.