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italydiva

Love all things to do with gardening 🌸🌿🌼

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' syn. Ensete ventricosum 'Rubrum', Ensete 'Maurelii', Musa 'Santa Morelli'

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italydiva

Today I have done what I have been dreading….preparing my ensete for over wintering. It has given me so much pleasure this year. I just hope I have done it justice and can get it through the winter 🤞#ensete #overwintering #ensete-ventricosum #ensete-maurelli #ensetechallenge22

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pelly

🤞🤞🤞

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italydiva

Thank Jane! @pelly

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midnightgardener

Fingers crossed 🤞🤞

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midnightgardener

🍌🍌🍌

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gjones

It’s always difficult to cut back plants that have thrived and given you pleasure. Hopefully it’ll do well and be beautiful again next year!

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italydiva

Thank you Chris! @midnightgardener

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italydiva

Thank you Katy! There’s some debate on the best way to over winter Ensete. Dry store or just try to slow down it’s growth and encourage it to go into dormancy. Success rates are variable. I can but hope! @gjones

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italydiva

My pride and joy. I will be sad to have to put this to bed for the winter 😔 #foliagefriday #ensete-ventricosum-maurelli #ethiopian-banana #ajsept22

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pelly

It’s been fabulous and something to look forward to next year 😍😍😍

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italydiva

Thank you. 🙂 It has been the highlight of my gardening year Jane. It has to be the best £7 I have ever spent! I expect it will be the highlight of my garden next year too, providing I can overwinter this beauty successfully 🤞🤞 @pelly

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pelly

Of course you will 👍🥰

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juliesgarden

Fantastic.. I really need to get another here , lost mine when I moved 😥

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hebelover

It's a stunner

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ShelleySnyder

It's gorgeous Angela! 💘😍

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italydiva

Thank you Julie…You should definitely get another one. Did you leave it at your old house or did you actually lose it when you moved? @juliesgarden

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italydiva

Thanks Jason, it really has brought me so much pleasure this year 💕 @hebelover

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italydiva

Thank you so much Shelley 😀 x @ShelleySnyder

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ShelleySnyder

Absolutely my pleasure!💘😍

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juliesgarden

I lost it when we moved Angela , it was a very wet first winter, just rotted off 😕

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italydiva

Morning @vec this is the ensete. It’s trunk is 40cm in girth at the moment, height of trunk around 33cm & height with leaves approx 100cm #ensete #tropical #ajaug22

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elizbet

OMG what a beautiful plant thanks for sharing 😊

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italydiva

Thank you so much Elizabet! I’ve just left you a message on your post. Hope someone can help you identify your chilli plant 🌶🤞 @elizbet

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angiecrazycatlady

Wow that's lovely 😍

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Omg that is amazing Angela it looks as if it’s about to take off…..it can fly this way if it wants 😆👌🏼

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vec

Oh wow that’s a good size. I would be looking at dry storing that over winter

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italydiva

Thank you Angie, I must admit to having fallen in love with it 😍 @angiecrazycatlady

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italydiva

Lol..thanks Elaine….I shall be hanging on tightly if it dare try!! 😂 @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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italydiva

That’s great, thank you so much Jules 😀👍🏼 @vec

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jeatacake

Wow! It's looking amazing. Doing so well, which can't be said about mine! 😏

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italydiva

Thanks Jeff! The one thing I’ve learnt is that they’re thirsty little devils. I don’t think you can overwater them. With potential hosepipe bans on the way, this might be its finest moment captured for posterity! 😅😆 I’m really pleased with it though. Sorry to hear you’re not too happy with yours. What’s been the challenge with your Ensete? @jeatacake

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jeatacake

You've every right to be pleased with it. Lack of water hasn't been such a problem up here. I think the trouble has been everything around it growing taller & out-competing it for the light. It's definitely being banished to the allotment next year! 😄

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italydiva

Morning, looks like another sunny Saturday ☀️ My pride and joy is loving this weather. From tiny to a 40cm girth trunk in just 4 months 🫶 Swipe left to see what I mean #ensete #ensete-ventricosum-maurelli #ensete-ventricosum #ensetechallenge22 #ajaug22 #tropical

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anges

Hi Angela, that's looking great!! 👌

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italydiva

Hi Ange 👋 Thank you so much 😘 @anges

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hebelover

Wow, that looks amazing

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pelly

Afternoon Angela, just wow 😍😍😍

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italydiva

Thanks Jason, I’m so chuffed with this. It’s the first thing I run out and check each morning 😆 @hebelover

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italydiva

Afternoon Jane 👋 and thank you 😊 I would definitely have more of these if it wasn’t for the challenge of overwintering! @pelly

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italydiva

Morning everyone and a very happy #foliagefriday #ensete #ensetechallenge22 #ensete-ventricosum #ensete-maurelii #ensete-maurelli #ensete-ventricosum-maurelli #enseteventricosummaurelii #ensetechallange22 #ensete-challenge22 #ensete-challenge22 #ensetechallange22 #ajjuly22 #shadow #tropical

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pelly

Morning Angela. That’s a lorra lorra hashtags. Beautiful photo 📷

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juliesgarden

Morning Angela ❤️❤️

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italydiva

Lol…did I mention it’s an Ensete Jane? 😂🤣😂 @pelly

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italydiva

Afternoon Julie 👋 🥰 @juliesgarden

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pelly

Oh I don't know....did you? 😂😂😂

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italydiva

If I repeat it often enough, I shouldn’t forget! 😂🤣😂 @pelly

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pelly

😂😂😂

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italydiva

Morning everyone. My Monday motivation….the first thing I rush out to check on progress each morning. Swipe back to 22nd April to see growth. #ensete-ventricosum #ensete-ventricosum #ensete-maurelii #ensete-maurelli #ensete-challenge22 #ensete-challange22 #ensete-ventricosum-maurelli #ensetechallenge22 #ensetechallange22 #enseteventricosummaurelii #ajjuly22

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pelly

It's looking great Angela 😍😍😍

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juliesgarden

Fabulous Angela 🍌🍌

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italydiva

Thank you, I’m so pleased with its progress as this is the first season of growth since I bought it for £7 in a sale at the end of last season. It looked pretty sad back then @pelly @juliesgarden

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godfreye

Good morning Angela it’s lovely 🤗

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cee

Morning, it looks very healthy👍

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hebelover

Looks great

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kelsey92

R u bringing that in for the winter time

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italydiva

Morning and thank you Enid…I just love this banana tree! 🍌 @godfreye

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italydiva

Morning Celina 👋 I am so surprised and delighted at just how well it is doing @cee

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italydiva

Morning and thank you Jason, I’m really delighted with how this is doing. It adds a bit of a tropical vibe 😀 @hebelover

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italydiva

Yes I shall be digging it up, cutting all the leaves off & dry storing it Kelsey @kelsey92

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italydiva

Morning everyone…A slightly different perspective as the new leaf unfurls #foliagefriday #ensete #ensete-ventricosum-maurelli #ensete-ventricosum #ensetechallenge22 #ethiopian-banana #tropical #ajjuly22

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pelly

Beautiful photo Angela, it looks like it's on fire ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

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anges

Morning Angela, great angle! 👍 😃❤

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juliesgarden

Morning Angela.. gorgeous colours ❤️💛

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italydiva

It really does Jane! 🔥🔥🔥 @pelly

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italydiva

Thank you, I am so in love with this ensete 🔥🔥🔥 @anges @juliesgarden

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juliesgarden

What’s not to love ❤️

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godfreye

Good morning Angela that’s so beautiful 🧡💛🧡💛

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hkyfvr

Beautiful vibrant colours ♥️💛

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italydiva

Evening Enid 👋 and thank you! Hope you’ve had a good day! 😀 @godfreye

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italydiva

Evening Diane 👋 It’s certainly vibrant! 🔥🔥 @hkyfvr

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hkyfvr

Evening Angela. It really is. 🧡💛

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italydiva

Apologies in advance but I think I may end up boring you all witless over the coming months, I am so taken with this #ensete I can’t help myself! #ensete-maurelli #ethiopian-banana #ensetechallenge22 #foliagefriday #bananatree #ajjuly22

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godfreye

They are amazing how quickly they grow🤗

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juliesgarden

Wow . Fine by me 🍌🍌

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italydiva

They really do Enid. I’ve been quite surprised myself. This is throwing out a new leaf every week and boy do they grow big very quickly! @godfreye

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italydiva

Aww, thank you Julie 😊🙏 @juliesgarden

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pelly

Well it is foliage Friday so you're allowed 😂💚❤️

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alan1111

I'm a little jealous this looks nice and healthy. Your right they do grow very fast. Great looking plants at their best when back-lit by the sun they glow red😍

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jeatacake

It's looking fantastic 👌 I think you've won the challenge already by the look of it👏

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philstalder

😂 I’m not bored, I’m jealous 😵‍💫

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italydiva

Thanks…You’re so right Alan…they are amazing when the sun backlights the leaves. Something special! 👌 @alan1111

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italydiva

Aww, that’s really kind of you Jeff! Early days yet though. We’ve still got the whole summer ahead and it’s not always the rabbit that wins the race! 😉 @jeatacake

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italydiva

Aww, thank you so much Phil…let’s see how you feel 2 months from now! 😉😂 @philstalder

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italydiva

Love the #contrast on the #foliage of this #ensete 💚♥️ #ensete-maurelli #ethiopian-banana #unfurling

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hebelover

Gorgeous

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jeatacake

It's looking really good 👍 Way better than mine.

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kelsey92

I got one

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italydiva

Thank you Jason, I find the markings on this one fascinating, plus there’s the added thrill of how fast it grows 🤩 @hebelover

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italydiva

Thanks Jeff. I started acclimatising mine back in April which may have given it a bit of a head start. How’s your doing? @jeatacake

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italydiva

Lovely aren’t they Kelsey?! Just for a bit of fun a few of us are having an Ensete challenge…it’s fun to see how they grow and share tips. You’d be most welcome to join us! @kelsey92 @jeatacake @davewrightjoinerygooglemail.co

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jeatacake

Mine seems to have gone on strike since it went outside! It's produced one new leave since then, which still hasn't fully unfurled. I think I've upset it by moving it from where it was happy - in the greenhouse! 🥴

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kelsey92

I will post mine tonight. And I will tag u. In the comment

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italydiva

That’s a shame Jeff! Did you try acclimatising it by moving it outside for a few hours each day then putting it back in the greenhouse? I’ve been giving mine loads of water and using Tomorite feed once a week. Don’t know if that might help possibly? I understand chicken pellets are really good too 🤔 @jeatacake

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italydiva

Look forward to seeing it Kelsey! 😀👍🏼 @kelsey92

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jeatacake

Well you've definitely pinpointed 2 areas where I've gone wrong! No hardening off. I just planted it out once we got into a spell of warm weather. Also, I've not fed it either, so that's me at the bottom of the class! 🤪

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italydiva

Another new leaf on its way #foliagefriday #ensete-maurelli #ethiopian-banana #ajmay #ensetechallange22 #ensetechallenge22

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juliesgarden

Fabulous ❤️💚❤️💚

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hebelover

Morning ❤💚 Very striking foliage

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italydiva

Thank you…it seems to be generating a new leaf a week at the moment. Just love checking on this each day ♥️💚♥️💚 @juliesgarden @hebelover

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Cazx

😢 reminds me of mine. Left at old house, im@so wishing now that I bought it with me. Yours is stunning

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italydiva

Thanks Caroline…must be so hard deciding what to take and what to leave when you move. You’ll have to do a dawn raid! @Cazx

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pelly

Fantastic leaf patterns ❤💚❤

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godfreye

Beautiful 🤗

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italydiva

Thank you Jane & Enid 💚♥️💚♥️ @pelly @godfreye

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Cazx

I’m so tempted I can tell you lol @italydiva

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jeatacake

Definitely enjoying the warm weather & being out in the fresh air 👍

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italydiva

It certainly is Jeff…it’s the first thing I run out and check each morning. Can’t tell you how excited I get with each new leaf 😂 @jeatacake

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italydiva

The forecast says no more frost, so I’ve taken the plunge and planted my #ensete-ventricosum-maurelli into a large planter today (6.5.22) Height 10.5 inches / 27cm. So….let’s see how it grows this season. My first full season, so here we go! 🤞#ensetechallenge22 @jeatacake Anyone else up for a bit of fun, please feel free to join in 😀 #foliagefriday #ajmay

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jacaranda

If I had one I’d happily join in 😢

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italydiva

Never say never Barbara…it’s amazing what unexpected additions find their way into your garden 🪴 😉 @jacaranda

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jacaranda

Very true! 😂😂

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jeatacake

It's looking happy in its new spot 👍

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italydiva

So far, so good Jeff! 🤞 @jeatacake

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lesliecole49

Is this a type of banana? I won't be part of this challenge but it's got great color. Oh duh, it says banana!

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italydiva

Lol…Impressive that you recognised it anyway Leslie! The leaves are a lovely colour. Can’t wait for it to grow. Sadly there won’t be any bananas though 🍌 🍌🍌 @lesliecole49

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italydiva

Just love these leaves #ensete #foliage #foliagefriday #red #green #unfurling

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Burgundy and lime green a fabulous combination 👌🏼

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hebelover

Gorgeous foliage

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juliesgarden

Oh wow 🤩

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italydiva

Thanks…I love the glossiness of the foliage as well as it’s colour @hebelover @juliesgarden

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jeatacake

The leaves are almost waxy like the begonias of that name 👍

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italydiva

They are very similar Jeff 👍🏼 @jeatacake

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jeatacake

Until they put on a growth spurt! 🍌

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italydiva

Very true…first year growing this Jeff so hoping it will get a real spurt on! 🤞😆 @jeatacake

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jeatacake

I beleive yours is the hardiest variety for the UK. Mine, an Ethiopian variety, seemed to survive well over winter in the greenhouse (unheated) & is now starting to get going. Hoping to plant it outside by the end of May.

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italydiva

Good to know it is one of the hardier varieties…it will need it with me! 😅 I bought mine around September time in a sale and overwintered it in a coldframe. Wasn’t sure it would survive but was really pleased it did. Looking to put mine in a very large pot this year. I keep popping it out in the garden during the day, then bringing it into the house at night. Can’t wait to plant it outside! Love seeing the leaves unfurl! Look forward to seeing yours in all its glory 😀 @jeatacake

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jeatacake

Definitely hardy if it survived so well in a cold frame. Do you have a greenhouse to put it next winter? Like mine, I expect it will have grown a lot over the summer and autumn. That's when having space for it next winter can become a problem. It might have to be something brutal such as what Monty Don does with his over winter! Once I've got mine planted outside, I'll definitely post a photo 👍

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italydiva

So pleased to have overwintered this successfully. Hoping for BIG things this year 🤞🌴 #ensete-ventricosum-maurelli #foliagefriday

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pelly

Good luck 👍

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heatherdirtyhands

I overwintered my small banana too and it's doing great. I repotted it yesterday. I can't wait to see it grow and get its red marking back

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

That’s great I love the leaves….

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italydiva

Thanks Jane! 😊🤞 @pelly

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italydiva

This will be the first year I’ve endeavoured to grow this as I bought it in a sale late in the season last year. It was rather sad and bedraggled looking but it’s looking promising so far. The leaves are beautiful, I love the red colouring. Hopefully won’t be long before the colour deepens on yours too Heather. ❤️💚❤️ @pelly @heatherdirtyhands @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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