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Red Banana Ensete maurelii

  • Hardy Zones
    • 9 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 36 - 96 Inches
Proven Selections
Red Banana Ensete maurelii
Part Sun to Sun 36 - 96

Features

Giant green leaves with dark red undersides

Adaptable As Houseplant
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
36 - 96 Inches
Spacing: 
24 - 48 Inches
Flower Shade: 
None
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Dark Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Container
Uses Notes: 

Fast grower will create instant shade and a tropical atmosphere

Maintenance Notes: 

In cold climates plants will need to be overwintered. Options for overwintering include: (1) Bring container plant indoors in fall before first frost and place container in a large sunny room for overwintering as a houseplant, with reduced water and fertilization; (2) If container plant is too large to bring inside as a houseplant, cut foliage back to 6-8" in fall after first frost, and store container in a cool, dark, frost-free corner of the basement until spring, with periodic addition of a touch of moisture as needed in winter to prevent the soils from totally drying out; (3) If container plant is too heavy or too large to bring inside, remove plant from container in fall before first frost, wrap roots in plastic and store in a cool, dark, frost-free corner of the basement until spring (foliage may be trimmed back or left on the plant and allowed to brown up in the normal course); (4) If growing plants directly in the ground, dig, wrap roots, trim back the leaves and store as in option #3 above. After flowering and fruiting, the pseudostem dies. Propagate by seed or tissue culture.

  • Love it. Did bring in this year. Hope it makes it.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Sharon Stevenson
    Illinois
    United States
    6 years ago
  • Grew for two years, surviving a cold winter, but blossomed/flowered and then basically died.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Jon
    California
    United States
    6 years ago
  • Just now got my first one it is doing great so far!

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Regina
    Tennessee
    United States
    6 years ago
  • First time growing this plant. I had it on my patio in a container. The plant received morning sun and grew like crazy. I am trying to overwinter it in a south window. I highly recommend this plant.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Barb
    Wisconsin
    United States
    6 years ago
  • Great height and colour. Easy to grow.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Sticklandia
    Ontario
    Canada
    6 years ago
  • Grew well out side under covered patio last summer, but then after pampering all winter it died just before spring.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Robert
    Idaho
    United States
    6 years ago
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