Ensete ventricosum Maurelii - Red Abysinnian Banana

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' - Red Abysinnian Banana

Spectacular in an exotic-style garden.
  • A great new colour addition to our range of architectural foliage bananas for tropical-garden look.
  • Lovely purple stems and red purple leaf veins and edges when planted in full sun.
  • Leaves reach 75cm long each year - best grown in hot, sunny spots in large pots.
  • Grows 1m tall or so each year, then dies back. Not winter hardy, so protect from frost each winter and keep dry.
  • Supplied in a 6L pots, approx 1m tall, ready to grow away quickly in summer.
  • A great new colour addition to our range of architectural foliage bananas for tropical-garden look.
  • Lovely purple stems and red purple leaf veins and edges when planted in full sun.
  • Leaves reach 75cm long each year - best grown in hot, sunny spots in large pots.
  • Grows 1m tall or so each year, then dies back. Not winter hardy, so protect from frost each winter and keep dry.
  • Supplied in a 6L pots, approx 1m tall, ready to grow away quickly in summer.

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Bananas have become very popular in the last few years, especially for their large architectural leaves (as opposed to their fruit)!

The Red Abyssinian Banana is a relatve newcomer, and brings with it a stunning colour addition - the huge paddle-shaped leaves, that can reach 75cm long in a season, are heavily veined burgundy red, and in full sun the leaf edges have a very red tinge.

Best grown in large, heavy pots for stability, in a warm and sunny spot. Feed and water well in June-August when the plants will grow quickly. Borderline hardy, so in late autumn, allow the leaves to die back and cut stem to 20cm tall, and bring somewhere frost free til following May. Keep dry, and new leaves should quickly emerge next year.

Supplied approx 1m tall in a 6L pot.

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Supplied approx 1m tall in a 6L pot.

Plant Care Information

Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Protect From Frost
Protect From Frost
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

Water really well when growing in summer and protect from winter frost by bringing indoors.

Care Information

  • Under glass, grow in loam-based potting compost (JI No.3) in full light with shade from hot sun; repot every other year, in spring.
  • In warmer parts of the country for outdoors grow in a sheltered position in humus-rich well-drained soil in full sun.
  • Keep well watered and protect from drying winds which can shred the leaves.
  • During the growing season water regularly and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each month.
  • Frost tender, so foliage will be blackened. In frost-prone areas lift outdoor specimens before the first frosts, reducing the top-growth to the newest 2 or 3 leaves and cutting back the long roots.
  • Overwinter under glass in a frost-free greenhouse until all risk of frost has passed.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
150 cm
60 cm
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