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Old 09-21-2018, 04:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' – Best Winter Care?

HI All

I live in Cornwall, UK, and have a beautiful Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' in a pot. It is about 3.5 ft in pot, healthy, with a stem as thick as my bunched fist (aggressive analogy there – my apologies!).

My question is which will serve it best for overwintering, before planting it in a border next spring?
• In my bedroom window, south facing? I have heard this might be a problem as it will be weak and leggy?
• In my mother's coldish conservatory (double glazed).
• In the dark in my dad's garage (see how this 46 year old man is still so reliant on his parents to bail him out here!) left quietly 'til spring.
• Or any other advice, gratefully received.

Thanks in advance for your comments. More information will be provided on request and apologies if I have missed anything essential already. I am quietly becoming obsessed with these bananas – stunning plants.

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Old 09-21-2018, 08:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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HI All

I live in Cornwall, UK, and have a beautiful Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' in a pot. It is about 3.5 ft in pot, healthy, with a stem as thick as my bunched fist (aggressive analogy there – my apologies!).

My question is which will serve it best for overwintering, before planting it in a border next spring?
• In my bedroom window, south facing? I have heard this might be a problem as it will be weak and leggy?
• In my mother's coldish conservatory (double glazed).
• In the dark in my dad's garage (see how this 46 year old man is still so reliant on his parents to bail him out here!) left quietly 'til spring.
• Or any other advice, gratefully received.

Thanks in advance for your comments. More information will be provided on request and apologies if I have missed anything essential already. I am quietly becoming obsessed with these bananas – stunning plants.

Cheers
Great questions.
There are many forum members who grow this non banana plant for its attractive foiliage including my self.
There are some awesome threads which describe how to grow this behemoth.
If you use the search feature and use your plants name as the keyword.
Some of the overseas fellas use small trailers and wheelbarrows to move them indoors.
I grow mine outdoors and bring it in doors for the winter and place it by a large south facing door.

With out going into a lot of detail about how I do it I can highly suggest that you watch the many short informative videos on Youtube.
You can pick and choose what information you want that suits your needs.
Generally all the videos have something you can takeaway.
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Thanks for that, Cincinnana. I will definitely search this forum more and was interested to hear about that south facing door. I wonder if a little draught helps to keep the banana honest?
Yes I have watched many videos on YouTube but find anecdotal evidence very useful too and of course you can't always find an exact answer to a query on YouTube.
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I wonder if a little draught helps to keep the banana honest?
Your plant dislikes cold and will honestly tell you so.
Once you bring it indoors you will see a few changes.
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Put in a place that doesn’t freeze bare rooted. Mine did the best last year of everything I have.
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Hi Gorah, I'm Barrie from Buckinghamshire...if you've got room in your bedroom, that will be fine...keep turning the plant for even growth, water sparingly but don't let it dry out...keep bedroom cool (min 55F) and watch out for red spider mite...lightly spraying rainwater on and under the leaves will deter the mite. This will be fine for a year, maybe two, but they grow huge so you will then get low-light problems.
You're mothers conservatory may be OK but beware of extremes of temperature!
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