|Ensete, or Abyssinian Banana
|Musaceae: Ensete ventricosum var. Maurelii
I kept in in the basement in the near dark without water.
It still has one green shoot.
Today I put some more soil around it and watered it.
It has 2 leaves now.
I set it out in the raised bed.
It has a few dark green leaves.
Its old leaves are shredded and almost gone but new ones are developing.
I bought another one from Shelmerdines, $14.95, and set it out.
It grew a little and still looks good.
I tried to overwinter it in the house, hoping that the new lights would be enough.
I watered it regularly but sparsely, but finally it died down to apparently nothing.
Today I watered it heavily.
It did not grow.
|Ensete, June 2011
Last year's plant died during the winter. It was overwatered.
I found a fine specimen at Lacoste Nursery, $19.99.
I planted it near the pond.
It has flourished.
|Ensete (Abyssinian Banana) , 2010
I took it out to the front, shady porch.
I built a new raised flower bed in the centre of the garden and put the plant there.
I returned the last of the disturbed topsoil to that bed.
A new leaf unfurled.
I topped the bed up with some purchased topsoil,
and planted some coleus and dusty miller around it.
It has been growing fast, with about 4 large new leaves.
(It would die during the winter.)
|Abyssinian Banana, 2009
I drove out to Carman and brought back an ensete
, which is in the banana family and resembles a banana with reddish areas on its leaves.
I went in to Vanderveen’s Greenhouses there a few weeks ago looking for one.
They didn't have any, but the sales clerk, Joan, said I could have hers from her garden.
I went back yesterday and dug it out of its container and brought it home.
Now to overwinter it!
I plan on just potting it up and keeping it in the piano room.
It is doing fine.
Most of the old leaves have died, but today a new leaf unfurled!