Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'

red abyssinian / Ethiopian banana (syn. Musa ensete rubra)

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Buy Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' red abyssinian / Ethiopian banana (syn. Musa ensete rubra): Impressive in an exotic-style garden

This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich soil (or loam-based potting compost - John Innes no. 3 for container-grown specimens)
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: tender (will need winter protection)

    One of the showiest plants for the summer garden, this Abyssinian banana grows at the rate of knots in summer (if kept well fed and watered) producing amazing burgundy-flushed green leaves. it makes a spectacular specimen plant for an exotic-style garden in a frost-free area. Where temperatures fall below 7°C (45°F) it's best grown in a large pot that can be moved under glass during the colder months, or keep it in a temperate greenhouse, shaded from hot sun throughout the year.

  • Garden care: During the growing season water regularly and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each month. In frost-prone areas lift outdoor specimens before the first frosts, reducing the top-growth to the newest 2 or 3 leaves and cutting back the long roots. Overwinter under glass in a frost-free greenhouse until all risk of frost has passed.

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Really impressive centrepiece


This was an amazing showpiece, growing strong and healthy through the hot and dry summer of 2019. I was initially disappointed that it arrived smaller than I hoped, but it grew fast and thrived fine after I re-potted into a larger pot. I've stored this in a sheltered spot outside over winter (because I don't have a greenhouse), wrapped in fleece. Time will tell whether it has survived the winter!


South London







Worth the effort


Stored on winter as it is tender; brought outvin summer after last frosts in may. Diaplayed on the patio for now.





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re ensete plant are they deep rooted ie is it feasable to dig up in autumn and pot up for winter in greenhouse. or plant in pot and plunge pot in ground


Hello, These plants do have quite a large root system, and as the plant matures it will resent being dug up each year. A much better option would be to pot it up into a large pot and then sink this into the border during the warmer months. This will avoid too much root disturbance and make it easier to move in autumn.



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