020 3176 5800 Be inspired by stunning show gardens, and the beautiful floral marquee, plus live talks and more. Planting a large and spectacular Abyssinian banana plant (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’) with beautiful plum-tinged foliage, he explains how to prepare the soil, what size hole to dig, and how to position it to best effect. Choose a sheltered site, with the site sloping away slightly from the plant to avoid creating a frost pocket. Height 3-4m (10-13ft). The red Abyssinian banana (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’) is a magnificent plant with huge red-tinged leaves, ideal as the centrepiece in a tropical-themed border. Little pruning and training is needed. Without protection, the cold weather will decimate them and they’ll have to grow from scratch in spring. Increase pot size by 5-7.5cm (2-3in) initially. Musa sikkimensis: Bronze markings on the young leaves and trunk. Feeding with a high-potassium fertiliser may help. Musa balbisiana: Attractive bluish-green leaves. Receive perfectly portioned snacks delivered straight to your door, Subscribe to BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and receive 12 issues for only £39.99 - saving 39%. They may also have to be thinned every few years to prevent crowding in the clump. They may also successfully flower outdoors in favoured locations. Seed is the best method for Ensete species as they do not produce suckers for dividing. Musa itinerans ‘Yunnan’: Slender stems and wide arching, blue-green leaves. Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm, Join the RHS today and support our charity. See our advice in overwintering tender plants: wrapping for further information, and step-by-step instructions on wrapping a banana. Cold, sun scorch and hail also damage foliage. Quite hardy and wind-resistant. Free UK mainland Delivery. Musa acuminata ‘Zebrina’ AGM: Grown for its red-striped foliage. You can propagate by sowing seed or dividing plants. Mulch the roots and protect the stem with horticultural fleece or a thick layer of straw in autumn so it doesn’t succumb to winter frosts. Smaller banana species make ideal container plants, which can be placed outdoors for the summer and brought indoors over winter. Height 2.4m (8ft). Once established in 30cm (10in) pots, increase size by 10-15cm (4-6 inches) every two to three years. Limp and hanging leaves may result from under- or over-watering. From the team at Gardeners' World Magazine, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine – receive 12 issues for only £39.99. Germination of fresh seed is quick, but older seed can take up to six months, Gradually move seedlings into more light and increase watering and feeding to encourage growth. Find out how to overwinter an Abyssinian banana plant in our video with Monty Don: Musa basjoo AGM: Often grown permanently outdoors in sheltered gardens in milder parts of the country, although it has been known to survive in sheltered northerly gardens. £17.50 each. Or grow in a large container that you can move indoors during the winter months. However, Musa looks fantastic in a bold border, with other strong foliage plants, such as the canna lily, or contrasting with finer leaved plants like bamboos. Erect, narrowly oblong leaves to 3m in length, with red midrib beneath. Height 2-3m (6½-10ft). Grow Musa in full sun to partial shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot. times, RHS Registered Charity no. Musa × paradisiaca ‘Rajapuri’: Deep green leaves and may produce edible fruits. 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