Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii 3ltr
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This fast growing, tropical perennial is sometimes known as an ‘Abyssinian banana’. This plant creates a stunning display with it’s large, paddle shaped leaves. This unique looking plant is becoming increasingly popular as a bedding plant where it quickly becomes a space filling and striking centerpiece. This is a fast-growing plant that will quickly grow to around two meters high and spread out to around one meter in the right conditions. As a tropical species, this plant will thrive in the summer, but will struggle in the winter if not cared for properly.
Where to plant Ensete plants
Plant in a well-draining soil that receives full sun throughout the day. Whilst this plant can tolerate some shade, too much will cause stunted growth and less attractive foliage. Make sure that the chosen location is protected from strong, cold winds.
How to look after Ensete plants
Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but wet and feed once a fortnight with a nitrogen rich fertilizer. You will not need to remove leaves unless necessary. The Ensete is a tropical plant that will not do well in a British winter. In the autumn you have a few options to get the plant through the winter. Cut the plant back to ground level and either dig it up or transfer it to a pot to move indoors until the spring. If you do not want to do this, you will need to apply a thick (5cm) thick layer of mulch around the base of the plant and then wrap the rest of the plant in a thick layer of horticultural fleece. Whichever method you choose, the plant will quickly regrow In the spring.
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