Red Banana – Ensete maurelii

Garden Height
36 - 96
24 - 48
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Flower Size
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Light Level
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Adapatable as House Plant

Dead-Heading Not Necessary

Heat Tolerant

Foliage Interest

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.

Uses Notes

Fast grower will create instant shade and a tropical atmosphere

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Average

Blooms On
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