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Ethiopian Banana

Ensete ventricosum

Abysinian Banana, Ethiopian Banana, Abyssinian banana

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.

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

Geography

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

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