Re: Anyone for swaps in UK.??
Gee I know I'm sloppy here, I spend my time absorbed elsewhere and with the hot season, garden, you know how it goes! I happened to drop in while searching so yep, may as well post! It may even become a habit!
My bananas didn't mind the extreme heat we had this year, but then they do grow in hot climates don't they! The high humidity we have helps, it was lower at times this year and I would say M basjoo liked it less than sikkimensis, but that poor thing (basjoo) is in a large pot and really needs ground space. I got 2 pups from it, but the stem base is rising high above ground level and it's wobbly. Next year I should find a space in the ground for it. I also have a huge tree in my garden and get lots of shade.
The Williams Hybrid grew really well, the frost we had a few weeks ago sent it's leaves into a frazzle but not straight away, I brought it inside and cut off the leaves, a new leaf is growing now. It's an amazingly robust plant, the stem is a deep red and thick, the 2 pups are still very small but I imagine next year they will start to move so I can remove them then. If it happens we meet up then we could swap if I get 2 good ones, want to keep one to follow on with.
The Ensete maurelii has frozen leaves, but the stem is so thick I can't get one hand half way around it, it's fine and still in it's pot outside, I can't imagine how it has grown so huge with the size of pot it's in, one of those large square plastic ones from the £1 shop! At least 14" but it looks small now, next year I will have to give it ground space, it should overwinter in the garage 'when' it gets colder. So much for my plans of bringing it inside whatever! Ensete ventricosum I left in the ground, top leaves frozen but the main heart is still green, it had started to take off when the cooler wetter weather arrived. I'm biting the bullet and chancing that in the ground with some mulch around the base, also hoping for a very mild winter!
I could post some pics if I look into how.
Trying to remember to get back sooner!