Ensete ventricosum - Plant
Common name: red banana
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: 8.00 to 10.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
If you elect to leave the plants growing over summer in pots, again do not put them into too large a pot. Pot them up as and when necessary during the growing season but again keep the pot on the modest size. Move the plants inside the greenhouse before the first frost. Maintain the same watering regime as outlined above.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 3º Celsius
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Sowing seeds in individual pots has resulted in germination rates varying from as low as 10% to as high as 85%.
- 3 to 5 germinating seeds out of a packet of ten should satisfy most requirements unless you have a vast garden and an enormous greenhouse.
This plant needs lots of space and lots of attention. It also needs a protected site. It is a classic tropical foliage plant that becomes a striking specimen in the landscape.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids, spider mites, mealybugs and scale. Susceptible to anthracnose, wilt and mosiac virus.
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