The blood banana is an ornamental plant, named for the dark red patches on its leaves, though its small-seeded fruits are also edible. It grows 6' to 8' tall in the wild, but is well-adapted to container growing and can be maintained at 3' to 5'. It grows best in full or partial sun.
Apply a balanced fertilizer on a regular basis throughout the growing season. These plants love organically rich, deep soil with good drainage and a slightly acidic soil pH. These plants thrive in warm, humid conditions and most types of bananas plants prefer to grow in full sun, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight on most days. They need a lot of water and plenty of moisture in the air.