Obscure but exciting 'new' Banana from North-east India, the Musa balbisiana
is perhaps one of the progenitors of the commercial banana. It grows at
some altitude so may tolerate cool conditions and a little frost, but
its main characteristic is its huge flower. As with others in the genus,
rich soil is required for maximum growth together with plenty of fertilizer
and an adequate supply of water. Given these and some summer warmth, it
is almost dangerously fast growing!