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Ensete ‘Ventricosum Maurelii’
(Red Abysinnian Banana)

£20.00 £17.00

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200cm x 100cm
Foliage Colour
Tender Perennial

Ensete ‘Ventricosum Maurelii’ is a striking evergreen tropical plant loved for its dramatic, large leaves with red and green hues. Awarded the RHS Garden Merit for its reliable garden performance, it adds an exotic flair. Our team adores it for its bold foliage, perfect for creating a focal point in borders or large containers. Ideal with tropical companions like Cannas, it thrives in sunny, sheltered spots providing height and structure.

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For a tropical spectacle, we have selected 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 an eye-catching 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, elevating the depth of your overall garden design. We love Ensete 'Ventricosum Maurelii' for its ability to transform any space into a tropical paradise. It's perfect for adding height and drama to mixed borders or perfectly unique as a standalone feature plant. Its fast-growing nature ensures a quick and striking transformation in your garden giving you some instant impact. Despite its exotic appearance, this plant is surprisingly easy to care for. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil.      

Planting Conditions

Ensete 'Ventricosum Maurelii', or the Abyssinian banana, thrives in a sunny, sheltered spot with rich, well-drained soil. This plant enjoys warmth, so choose a location protected from strong winds and frost. Amend the soil with plenty of organic matter, like compost, to enhance fertility and drainage. We recommend planting in Spring after the last frost, ensuring the crown is just above soil level. Water thoroughly after planting. If growing in cooler climates, consider potting it for easier Winter protection, as it doesn't tolerate cold temperatures well. This will ensure robust growth and vibrant foliage.

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. Applying a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant will help retain moisture and also regulate the 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.