Famous sacred bananas from New Guinea and the Pacific islands. Their sap is red like blood, and the huge fruits hold an astonishing content of provitamine A.
Most edible bananas are descendants of Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana, but the Fehi are not, as they are the progeny of other Musa species. They are a bit tricky to grow and to reproduce, doubtlessly more difficult than the average banana, and they are better kept under glass if you are not in a wet tropical climate. Bunches are erect, not downwards pointing, and each bunch bears few large fruits. Their sap is red or purple in most cultivars (not in juveniles, don't wound your plant unti it is well above 1 m in height!)
Kawaputa is a Fehi cultivar with very thick fruits of variable size and shape. The bunch grows erect at first but then its axis turns on a side, with a kink and the bunch often ripens in horizontal position. In the same bunch fruits will weight anything from 200 to 600 grams each and the lower ones can be rounded. The skin is orange to leather coloured and the flesh is yellow, almost fluorescent. Once in a blue moon we find one or two seeds in a fruit. The sap is blood red (not in juveniles, don't wound your plant unti it is well above 1 m in height!). They are eaten cooked.
We ship a stout rooted sucker, not a potted plant. You will receive it with the corm wrapped in a bag with moist sphagnum or perlite.
In spring, suckers may not have roots. In this case, suckers are easy to root if temperatures are kept between 20 and 30 C.