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Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii
(Red Abysinnian Banana)


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200cm x 100cm
Foliage Colour
Half Hardy
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Bringing tropical shores to you with Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii: The “banana drama” you need in your garden! Its bold, burgundy foliage adds tropical vibes and makes your neighbours go bananas with envy.

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Fully Grown Size
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RHS Plants For Pollinators
RHS Garden Merit Award
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Prepare for a tropical spectacle with Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii, also known as the Red Abyssinian Banana. This dramatic plant brings a touch of the exotic to your garden with its large, broad leaves in striking shades of burgundy and green. The vibrant foliage creates a captivating focal point, evoking visions of lush tropical landscapes. Standing at an impressive height of 10-15 feet, this "banana drama" demands attention. Its architectural presence makes it a stunning addition to gardens, patios, or as a statement plant in large containers. The bold, tropical look pairs perfectly with other vibrant flowers and foliage plants. General care for Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii involves removing any damaged or yellowing leaves to maintain its tidy appearance. It is a fast-growing plant and benefits from regular feeding with a balanced fertiliser to support its vigorous growth. Protect the plant from strong winds, as the large leaves are susceptible to tearing. Get ready for some "banana drama" in your garden with Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii. Its bold, burgundy foliage will transport you to a tropical paradise right in your own backyard. Be prepared for your neighbours to go bananas with envy as they admire this stunning, exotic beauty. Embrace the tropical vibes and enjoy the unique presence of this remarkable plant.    

Planting Conditions

Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii thrives in full sun to partial shade. Plant it in well-drained, fertile soil with organic matter to improve moisture retention and nutrient availability. It appreciates regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist, especially during hot, dry periods. Avoid waterlogged conditions, as it can lead to root rot. In cooler climates, it can be grown in large containers and overwintered indoors. Choose a sheltered location that protects the plant from strong winds, which can damage its large leaves.

Watering & Feeding

Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii requires regular watering to maintain evenly moist soil. Water deeply and thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain away. During hot Summer months, monitor the moisture levels closely and adjust watering frequency accordingly. Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Feed every 4-6 weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertiliser to support healthy growth and vibrant foliage.

General Care

Regularly inspect Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii for any damaged, yellowing, or diseased leaves, and promptly remove them to maintain the plant's appearance and health. As a fast-growing plant, it benefits from periodic pruning to control its size and shape. Protect the plant from strong winds that can cause damage to its large, delicate leaves. Monitor for pests such as aphids or mealybugs and take appropriate action if necessary. In colder regions, consider overwintering the plant indoors or providing frost protection during Winter. With proper care and attention, Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii will reward you with its stunning, tropical foliage and a touch of "banana drama" in your garden.