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Old 08-03-2010, 02:48 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ensete perrieri

Thanks for the info Bryan! I really have no experience with Ensetes so this is still kind of new to me. Initially I was hoping to enjoy that plant for at least two or three years before it flowered, so I guess I should be happy that it is still around. But, I really do look forward to seeing the first flower!

Here are the other 8 plants that are growing on a hillside in two rows. I haven't photographed them since May and they have really grown a lot in the last few months, so I took some updated photos today. You can see some insect damage on the leaves.













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Old 12-27-2010, 07:18 PM   #82 (permalink)
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I think my largest E. perrieri is finally getting ready to flower. The leaves have been getting shorter and shorter and the last leaf was quite a bit shorter than the rest. This newest leaf also had a bright red patch near the bottom of the petiole. It was bright red a few days ago but the color had faded a little by the time I took the photo yesterday. The base of the plant has also been swelling so I think the flower will be coming soon. I'll keep photographing it as it develops.





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Old 12-29-2010, 07:49 PM   #83 (permalink)
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Since my largest E. perrieri appears to be ready to bloom I thought I would check my other 8 plants that are growing in another area of the property. I haven't checked these plants in about 6 weeks and today I was surprised to find one of them is already blooming!









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I checked the photos on the RPS site again and this Ensete does not look like the ones in the RPS photos. So, I have no idea if this is truly E. perrieri or not. Just a couple days ago I was cleaning out a junk drawer and found the original invoice from when I first received these seeds 3.5 years ago. I verified that it indeed said "E. perrieri - 100 seeds".

I recently received a request for leaf samples for DNA analysis so I guess I will know for sure once that is completed. I will update this thread when I know more.
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Congrats Jeff!
Start seed waiting list

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I checked the photos on the RPS site again and this Ensete does not look like the ones in the RPS photos. So, I have no idea if this is truly E. perrieri or not. Just a couple days ago I was cleaning out a junk drawer and found the original invoice from when I first received these seeds 3.5 years ago. I verified that it indeed said "E. perrieri - 100 seeds".

I recently received a request for leaf samples for DNA analysis so I guess I will know for sure once that is completed. I will update this thread when I know more.
Hi Jeff,
It is Ensete suberbum. You are going to have a lot of seeds. It seeds are smaller and smooth compare to E.perrieri seeds.
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Thanks Markku. When I saw the flower and started looking up photos on the internet, that's the conclusion I came to also. Thanks for confirming!

I'm very disappointed that these arrived labeled as "E. perrieri" only to find out 3.5 years later that I got the wrong seeds...

Can someone change the title of this topic to E. superbum?
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Hi Eric,
It is not the first time that someone is having mislabelled seeds.
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Well, I'm still happy with these plants even though they are not E. perrieri. The one planted by the house is a MONSTER! Everyone who walks by it always asks (in amazement) "what IS that?" I can't wait for that one to flower!
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:00 PM   #92 (permalink)
 
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wow.. im jealous jeff !!!
i would kill to have any of my nanners get that big!!
my ensete maruelli's seem to be ok in storage so far..
always on look out for another banana to try to grow here in
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I thought I would post on update on these plants.

That first flower now looks like this. A couple of the fruit are starting to turn yellow. Does anyone know the best time to cut it down to collect seed?





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The largest E. superbum planted next to the Bali House still has not flowered. I thought it was getting ready to flower six months ago, but it just keeps on growing..

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