Enesta maurelii

Ensete maurelii

  • Aka: Red banana palm, Ethiopian banana
  • Origin: Musaceae
  • Family: Ethiopia, East Africa – medicinal
  • Temperature: 14-25°C, Hardiness: 10-11 Humidity: 60-80%

A popular tropical banana plant with dark green and red paddle-shaped leaves and it flowers only after 4 years and fruits are inedible. It can grow in natural ideal conditions of up to 5 meters.

Indoors, it requires lots of indirect light, plenty of water and happy with almost any kind of soil but should not dry out between watering. Remove old or yellowing leaves from the base. Propagation by splitting the younger plants from the mother plant or by seeding. At the end of autumn, cut off all the leaves and leaving a good stem on the root ball, store in a dark dry place to overwinter.

Prone to leaf or stem rot and bacterial wilting, spider mites, mealybugs

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