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Wild Banana

Ensete ventricosum

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Also known as

African Wild Banana, Banana

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H6-H2

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

Generally not harvested.

More images of Wild Banana

Ensete ventricosum with Strelitzia in foreground
Tip of the inflorescence and male flowers
Mature inflorescence and fruits
Ensete ventricosum
Ensete ventricosum in flower

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Wild Banana Overview

One of the showiest plants for the summer garden, if fed & watered regularly this banana grows at the rate of knots during the summer getting to 4m high. It makes a spectacular specimen plant for an exotic-style garden but fruit is rarely produced. It's best grown in a large pot so that it can be moved under glass as it is frost tender and kept shaded from hot sun throughout the year.

Common problems with Wild Banana

Generally disease free but can suffer from Mealy bugs

How to propagate Wild Banana

Seed

Soak a couple of days and then plant ensuring the pot & soil are clean. The seed should be buried lightly. Some may germinate in as little as a week or they may take a lot longer.

Division

Division year-round, by offsets in summer, by seed.

Suckers

Suckers after flowering.

Special features of Wild Banana

Indoor plant

Attracts bees

Wet sites

Other uses of Wild Banana

This plant is grown as for it's architectural structure in tropical greenhouses/conservatories.

Other uses

Edible