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The Ensete ventricosum 'Maurellii' - Red banana plant

The red banana plant is a great jungle plant that stands out because of its thick stem and large leaves!

Frequently asked questions, FAQ

Is the Maurelli hardy?

The red banana plant can tolerate up to +5 degrees Celsius. below that, it becomes harmful to the plant, so make sure the plant is in a warm place in winter, and not in the garden.

How to care for an Ensete ventricosum 'Maurellii'?

You can find everything about the care of the Maurelli in our encyclopaedia article.

When the Maurelli water?

When the red banana plant is standing outside it needs little water during colder periods, but during the hot days of summer it needs water every day, sometimes twice on the hottest days. In between, it can be watered once every 2-4 days, depending on the temperature. You can feel this from the soil. If the soil is reasonably moist, the banana plant still has enough water.

What kind of soil does the Ventricosum Maurelli want?

A red banana plant loves good nutrient soil. For example, you can spoil the root ball with a bag of Florentus Mediterranean Nutrition Soil, specially developed for Mediterranean plants such as the Maurelli. This allows it to root extra well and provides it with the right nutrient base.

How to prune / cut a Maurelli?

For a Maurelli it is a natural thing that leaves become dry and die off. You can simply cut them off close to the trunk. The banana plant does not suffer from this. It is also often recommended to cut off the leaves before the winter so that the energy does not go there to grow, because the new year will bring new leaves.

When putting the Ensete ventricosum Maurelli inside?

The red banana plant can withstand the hot sun well, so in summer it doesn't have to go inside. It also can withstand rain, so in autumn and spring and rainy days of summer it doesn't have to go inside either. But when it's cold from 5 degrees Celsius it gets heavy. Then it needs to be taken to a warmer place.

How to cut / propagate a Maurelli

For the multiplication of the ventricosum Maurelli we refer you to our expanded encyclopedia article in which everything is explained.

Why does a banana plant get yellow leaves?

It may be that the Maurelli does not get enough water during the growing season, but it is also a natural thing that leaves become barren. Some leaves have simply reached their age and then die off. The leaves can be removed with scissors, or by hand.

Are Maurelli's poisonous to cats / dogs?

The Maurelli is non-toxic, and can therefore be placed in an environment with cats / dogs.

Where to buy an Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelli'?

We have a very simple answer to this question. Teeninga Palmen is a specialist in hardy Mediterranean plants and trees, and offers them for the lowest price and the highest quality, so the choice is easy!

The red banana plant is very unique and has beautiful red, purplish leaves, with a thick trunk. Its leaves can grow up to one meter long!

It grows as fast as a Musa basjoo and usually grows 200-300 cm high (in a tub) in the Dutch garden.

What's very special about the red banana plant is that after 3 years it starts flowering, and then it gets burgundy flowers in the top.

The Ensete ventricosum Maurellii is a fairly fast grower, but stops growing when the temperature drops below 14 degrees.

We therefore advise you to keep the plant warm and only put it outside when the temperature is above 10 degrees Celsius.

If you want to buy a red banana plant, we recommend the Ensete ventricosum Maurellii. It's a real winner.