Growing this hardy banana tree has been really interesting. I took this picture yesterday and the musa basjoo now has about 7 leaves with more unfurling every couple of days. The plant is about 4 feet tall now and doing pretty well.
For those of you who are interested, I've been keeping track of it's growth. When I first got the plant in the mail (mid April) from Plant Delights, it looked like a stick
After about 3 weeks, I finally saw a leaf unfurl, which was promising but not all that exciting yet.
Another month went by and the stick finally started looking like a banana tree.
And now with 7 leaves and more on the way, I'm very happy with this plant. I didn't plan on growing it in a pot but due to some unforeseen pool/landscaping problems, I haven't been able to put it in the ground yet. At this point I may leave it in the pot so that I can easily bring it in the garage to overwinter.
With another two full months of summer weather, I think this banana tree will get to about 6 or 7 feet. Not bad for my first try. I'll update again soon.