How to grow Ensete ventricosum

Ensete ventricosum growing herbaceous of the genus Ensete also known as Abyssinian banana or Ensete, Ensete ventricosum perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+.

Ensete ventricosum leaves

Leaves color green, red or both, size of the can be 1-3 m

Flowers inflorescence color pink with bracts, female flowers shape looks like little fruit,

Fruit color is green yellow and not edible.

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How to grow Ensete ventricosum growing and care:

Frost free (can survive some frost but better without)

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring, summer

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves, and after the fruits

Size of the plant?
1-5 m, 3-15 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
In tropical all year round in subtropical and mediterranean spring – summer

General information about the flower
Flowers inflorescence color pink with bracts, female flowers shape looks like little fruits

Scientific name:

Ensete ventricosum

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