Ethiopian Banana

Ensete ventricosum

Abysinian Banana, Abyssinian banana, Ethiopian Banana

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

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.

Special features

Indoor plant

Special features

Origin

Africa

Natural climate

Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

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

Personality

Family

Musaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

Generally disease free but can suffer from Mealy bugs

Related Problems

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