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Old 10-11-2019, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yes it's that time of year again, everyone inside today. Or freeze tonight, started digging yesterday.

Ensete Red Abyssinian with a pup?

No, two.
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This does not look like our Ensete red - or is the maurelii different from the red Abyssinian? I keep seeing them used interchangeably, but the above picture is totally different from ours. Our maurelii is very similar in growth to the regular ventricosum (green form), except LOTS of red.
BTW, anyone want to share an order?
We shall be buying large quantities of ensete ventricosum and maybe glaucum and even other ensete (wish I could find the Maurelii). I planted a number this year and they were so spectacular we will be growing a lot this coming year, but to get best prices I will need to buy thousands :-) (of various seeds).
Anyone interested in any of these seeds, drop me a PM or
If you wish to check source, it is If there is a plant you wish but I am not interested in, we can combine orders to get their wholesale price (they require significant minimums to order).
Our experience with the Ensete ventricosum and maurelii has been phenomenal - plants seeded in Feb/March are now 6 to 8 feet tall with totally amazing trunks (the leaf structure is an incredible architectural statement.
Agristarts does not have them currently, and almost for sure will not have the various ones we wish. We plan on planting in December/January to get a head start this year, and will treat many of them as an annual.
Germination last year was minimum 50%, so we are planning on same for this year.
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Yup it's that time of the year Should have taken pictures of my plants yesterday! Dug up more than 30, three with fruit and one with a flag! It was crazy trying to do it in one day in 30-45℉ weather, next year I need to watch the weather more! Had 29℉ this morning!
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Yes it's that time of year again, everyone inside today. Or freeze tonight, started digging yesterday.

Ensete Red Abyssinian with a pup?

No, two.
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