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Old 03-03-2009, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Non typical ensete ventricosum maurelii

Hi,

A while ago I posted regarding being forced to try overwintering my ensete ventricosum maurelii outdoors in the UK this year.

I was surprised to learn that it was supposed to be sensitive to damp as it had been very wet all summer with pools of water in it's leaf bases and had not suffered.

Now it has been very wet all winter and is just starting to grow again.I have only lost 4 leaf bases all winter, which is about the normal turnover rate. The others are all still happily firm and still full of water.

Are there perhaps different types of Ensete Ventricosum Maurelii with differing sensitivity to wet? Do they perhaps adapt to wet conditions if they have lived in wet conditions all their life - anyone got any ideas?

Does it perhaps have to be above some fairly warm temperature to rot if wet perhaps?
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Non typical ensete ventricosum maurelii

I would think that cold and wet would be a bigger problem for it (and most bananas) rather than warm and wet.
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Default Re: Non typical ensete ventricosum maurelii

What I was thinking is perhaps the moulds/bacteria which rot them are not active at UK winter temperatures?
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