Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'

red abyssinian / Ethiopian banana (syn. Musa ensete rubra)

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12cm pot £19.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' red abyssinian / Ethiopian banana (syn. Musa ensete rubra): Impressive in an exotic-style garden

This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich soil (or loam-based potting compost - John Innes no. 3 for container-grown specimens)
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: tender (will need winter protection)

    One of the showiest plants for the summer garden, this Abyssinian banana grows at the rate of knots in summer (if kept well fed and watered) producing amazing burgundy-flushed green leaves. it makes a spectacular specimen plant for an exotic-style garden in a frost-free area. Where temperatures fall below 7°C (45°F) it's best grown in a large pot that can be moved under glass during the colder months, or keep it in a temperate greenhouse, shaded from hot sun throughout the year.

  • Garden care: During the growing season water regularly and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each month. In frost-prone areas lift outdoor specimens before the first frosts, reducing the top-growth to the newest 2 or 3 leaves and cutting back the long roots. Overwinter under glass in a frost-free greenhouse until all risk of frost has passed.

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Stunning plant


I keep mine in a large pot with some Japanese blood grass. It has completely died back this winter but I'm hopeful that it will grow back in spring.




Statement plant


I was disappointed when it arrived,a I felt it was small, I needn't have been. It grows like t Topsey and was beautiful all year long. I have stored it wrapped in fleece inside a cold house, and am hoping that it will spring to life soon It will need repotting to a much larger pot, I hope will be able to manage the weight next winter, when it will need to be brought inside again. Love it.

Milo's mum


Great service


Two Ethiopian Banana plants ordered. A small issue appeared with one of them after one week. I phoned Crocus and one day later a replacement was on our doorstep. Brilliant customer service.

Andy B

North Wales


It doubled in height in one season!


This banana has been on my wish list for years but never got around to making the purchase. So glad I did!




Red banana


Beautiful plant. Very healthy. Its a difficult plant to overwinter I understand but good instructions Ps I have a thing about the word avid. So wouldn't want to be described as an avid gardener

Sarah the not so avid



I would buy this item again


Currently growing in a conservatory and will be planted in the garden once the right height.




Mega fauna!


It's been a real joy watching this plant unfurl new leaves, which it does at a fast rate. It doesn't like the wind, as this can cause leaf tare but is pretty hardy the rest of the time and is now having a holiday indoors for winter. Can't wait to see it get bigger next year. Worth the money and a real treat for anyone who loves mega fauna. Lovely colour.




Really impressive centrepiece


This was an amazing showpiece, growing strong and healthy through the hot and dry summer of 2019. I was initially disappointed that it arrived smaller than I hoped, but it grew fast and thrived fine after I re-potted into a larger pot. I've stored this in a sheltered spot outside over winter (because I don't have a greenhouse), wrapped in fleece. Time will tell whether it has survived the winter!


South London







Worth the effort


Stored on winter as it is tender; brought outvin summer after last frosts in may. Diaplayed on the patio for now.





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re ensete plant are they deep rooted ie is it feasable to dig up in autumn and pot up for winter in greenhouse. or plant in pot and plunge pot in ground


Hello, These plants do have quite a large root system, and as the plant matures it will resent being dug up each year. A much better option would be to pot it up into a large pot and then sink this into the border during the warmer months. This will avoid too much root disturbance and make it easier to move in autumn.



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