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Old 03-24-2009, 03:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Ensete Maurellii (Red) Post up your pics!

I have a few 2-gallon plants i got and have read that these can get up to 18 tall??? Does anyone here have some really large ones that they can show off to the group?

I was planning on planting mine in full sun, but someone told me that it will lose its red color if i do so.

Anyhow, show off your pictures!! I want to see how big these guys really get.

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Old 03-24-2009, 04:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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full sun will increase the red color
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Full sun will reduce the intense red but nutrition and ph may have a great deal to do with it as well.
Mine start out a very dark red with purple and become more green at 6'-7' .

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I don't know about Maurelli, (I am just growing these for the first time this year) but, over the years we have produced 150,000 Japanese Maple seedlings, and the more sun the red ones get, the redder they are.
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Mine start out like this :

And end up like so :

The fact that I don't fertilize may also have an important role in this.
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In regards to size, mine reach a ceiling and stay there. they're the same heigth for me every year. They're size seems to be pre-determined.
Here's a pic of my largest one (since Gustav knocked out my other largest ones):

Figure another 5'-8' for leaves!
Here it is today:
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here's mine... next to pisang klotek on the left and hawaiian apple on the right.. the apple has since been knocked down (dog mishap).

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The fact that I don't fertilize may also have an important role in this.
....And, it looks like you don't need to fertilize. I wish stuff would grow like that in my clay.

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Here is a link that someone else posted here recently of a guy in Germany growing Ensete. You'll get an idea of how large they can grow. By the way, my experience is the same as Petes: after an extent, more sun seems to actually make them lose color. Not what I would have expected. Here's the link I mentioned: Bilder 2007
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Wow, Brent. That guy in the link has got some stuff. I can't believe the size of that fig.
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It occurred to me yesterday that someone mentioned that temperature was a factor in Maurelii's color. I believe Steveinfrance had mentioned that they stay darker in Europe because of this. That being the case, People with more mild summer heat may have different experiences than us in the deep South.
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wow, wow, hopefully this summer my ensetes will be that big and look nice and dark love those pics
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wow thanks for that link!! This was my favorite pic!! Im ready to plant mine in the ground now!!

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What a coincidence! That was my favorite photo as well. Two beauties for the price of one.
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hey bob im sure the flowers r what caught your eye lol or maybe it was the hot girl in the hot plant ha ha
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