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Old 03-12-2012, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default My Ensete Maureli flowered!

I have had this plant in the ground for around four years. It got huge in the partial shade and grew above my house. The leaves were fifteen feet long and huge. I noticed this last weekend the leaves looked all dead. I thought the little bastard gophers got it but then noticed a huge flower . I climbed on my roof to take the pictures. The girth of this plant is gigantic. Now I will have to replace it with another.



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No! She will be cut down once the flower goes away. I will need a chain saw. It's a fricken tree! I'm not sure how tall my roof is but it must be 15 plus feet tall......

I just climbed back on the roof. It's 16 feet 6 inches tall!
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WOW Andrew!! You could perhaps try the "forced pupping" with your maurelii....I think it was Sandy (NOrthern Tropics) on here who had a post about that, and she got a lot of pups! I got my maurelii from her....it was much bigger than I even expected, and I just love it! Wow...a maurelii that big, do you have any pics of it before the leaves died?
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WOW Andrew!! You could perhaps try the "forced pupping" with your maurelii....I think it was Sandy (NOrthern Tropics) on here who had a post about that, and she got a lot of pups! I got my maurelii from her....it was much bigger than I even expected, and I just love it! Wow...a maurelii that big, do you have any pics of it before the leaves died?
Yes it was Sandy. I think she started with a much smaller plant. I found this picture which is over a year old. I will check my server at work tomorrow for a more recent photo.
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Is it normal for the leaves to die BEFORE it flowers?
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Is it normal for the leaves to die BEFORE it flowers?
I have seen it both ways. A few years ago I posted a picture of one flowering at a nursery in Carpinteria (~10 miles from me) and it had leaves. Mine has been loosing the leaves for a few weeks and I thought it must be flowering or the stupid cold was affecting it. Once I went on my roof I saw the flower. If you look down the flower you can see very small immature fruit. I will try to take more pictures.
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congrats magilla !!
great pics too..
i dont think i have a growing season long enough
for a flowering here.. oh well.. but my ensetes have gotten
pretty good sized.. i have to overwinter inside..
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Wow! That still looks nice, Good to see that it keeps all its colors even when it flowers.
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BadPun also had one flower in his yard this past fall. It was massive, at least as tall as Andrew's and at least 4' in circumference, and had all its leaves while in flower -- as have the few others I've seen in flower. They look like plant monsters when in bloom, think "feed me Seymour"!
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BadPun also had one flower in his yard this past fall. It was massive, at least as tall as Andrew's and at least 4' in circumference, and had all its leaves while in flower -- as have the few others I've seen in flower. They look like plant monsters when in bloom, think "feed my Seymour"!
My wife said Rocky Horror Show and I said Ghostbusters. I've seen this monster plant before!
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Can you get any seeds from it?
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love your chickens!! We have chickens too....but I wouldn't mind some more color and get a couple barred rocks, (we have Rhode Island Reds and Black AUstralorps)
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magilla..thats "little shop of horrors" fun musical..
steve martin played deranged dentist..he was good..LOL
dont get to close to that flower..dont want it pullin ya in
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love your chickens!! We have chickens too....but I wouldn't mind some more color and get a couple barred rocks, (we have Rhode Island Reds and Black AUstralorps)
We love our girls. They produce some great organic eggs. We will probably be leaving them with Claire down south from me. They wouldn't make the Hawaii trip.

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magilla..thats "little shop of horrors" fun musical..
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dont get to close to that flower..dont want it pullin ya in
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Thanks! My wife and I were both wrong. I remember now. Great flick!
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If you get a chance, please try and cross it with a Musella lasiocarpa. Sometimes it is classified as an Ensete and a hybrid would be more cold-hardy than pure E. Maurelei.
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